Heturned from studying the past of Lorraine, (which he came toconsider to be too full of political problems that would grateupon his fiery French nationalism), to that of Spain, and hebegan to contemplate a traditional historical thesis on theMediterranean policy of Philip II between 1559 and 1574; by 1927he was publishing reviews of books on Spanish history.
Braudel, by this time, had been greatly impressed by the newapproach to history of Lucien Febvre, based on the science ofhuman geography, as exemplified in a book written in 1913 but notpublished until 1922, La Terre et l'évolution humaine,translated as A Geographical Introduction to History (London,1932).
Author's Note [and excuse]: I don't really do "biography" very well. So what I'm going to do here is to give you most of what I think of as the sort of biographical information people seem to be looking for, and also something a bit more rambling. What I'm really after is to provide a little feel of how and why I do what I do, and not just what I do.
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The reason my work with StarFire was significant in terms of my writing career was twofold. First, it was still more experience in how to write, and the development of the "future history" which tied the various scenarios of the games together and produced the "historical background" of the stellar empires in conflict with one another helped my developing appreciation of how to go about building a literary universe that was coherent and consistent. Second, it led directly to the writing of my first published novel, Insurrection, in collaboration with Steve White.
As a Journal Annales was intendedto promote a new and more open approach to history in aprovocatively colloquial style, an approach defined mostly by itssearch for "a larger and a more human history", by its denial ofall historical barriers and by its rejection of the traditionalhistory of politics and government in favour of a deeper analysisof social and economic forces with the goal of departing fromtraditional political and military history to explore economicand social history, and to focus more on a long termperspective.
Braudel had become a successful schoolteacher and wasrecognised as an expert in his chosen area.
In the first institutionhe created and fostered one of the most extraordinary collectionsof talent in the twentieth century through his appointments: tomention only the most famous of his colleagues, they included thehistorians Georges Duby, Jacques Le Goff, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurieand Maurice Aymard; the philosophers Roland Barthes and MichelFoucault; the psychologists Jacques Lacan and Georges Devereux;the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu; the anthropologist ClaudeLévi-Strauss; and the classical scholars Jean-PierreVernant and Pierre Vidal-Naquet.
My family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, when I was about two years old. Before I started grammar school, my parents moved to just outside Simpsonville, South Carolina, where one of my first memories is "helping" my father clear the site of the house they later built. (Looking back, it's remarkable to me how patient he was.) I attended Simpsonville Elementary School, Hillcrest Junior High School, and Hillcrest High School, graduating in 1970. My first two years of college were with the then brand-new Clemson extension program at Greenville Tech. I completed my undergraduate studies (not without a few adventures) at Warren Wilson College, and attended graduate school (history) at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.
The preparation of these pages was greatly influenced by a particular "Philosophy of History" as suggested by this quote from the famous Essay "History" by Ralph Waldo Emerson:-