According to this article on Wikipedia, Longue Durée signifies as approach to writing history that looks at events over an extended period of time, focusing on issues like economics and climate, rather than on the short-term events that tend to accompany standard narrativisations of history. I'm curious as to how such a study might look, but can only find French-languages examples.

Can anybody recommend an English-language example of this style of history writing? I would be especially interested in something touching on mediaeval Europe or on the Ancient Near East, but would also be happy with material that concerns other cultures/regions.

  • Maybe some works of Annales school?
    – kubanczyk
    Dec 22, 2016 at 10:16
  • Perhaps Wallerstein's "The Modern World System"?
    – AllInOne
    Dec 22, 2016 at 14:58

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Fernand Braudel's series published by Harper and Row entitled (1) The Structures of Everyday Life, (2)The Wheels of Commerce and (3) The Perspective of the World may fit your needs as they are eurocentric and late medieval to early modern. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World is his earlier work. Although Braudel was a highly regarded French historian and wrote in his native language the above are English translations.

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