Futurs d'antan, Futuribles Journal n° 332

Société, modes de vie

Inexhaustible Civilizations! (Futures of Yesteryear)


This is an extract from the famous article by Fernand Braudel, "The History of Civilizations: the Past explains the Present", originally published in 1959 in the Encyclopédie française and reprinted in Les Ambitions de l'histoire (Paris: éd. de Fallois, 1997). This text seemed to us to offer many insights into the endurance of civilizations, their great diversity and ability to survive in spite of the spread, in particular via technology, of the Western model of development. In addition, Braudel makes some useful remarks about the difference between civilizations and cultures.

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