Fernand Braudel speaks from the grave

Who says historians don’t have a sense of humor? This morning, I was scrolling down through the overnight Tweets and came across this:

My mouthful of Morning Joe expectorated all over the laptop.

Fernand Braudel, who passed from this vale of tears in 1985, was one of the founders of the Annales School of French historians. When I was at Michigan, we had a cooperative exchange with the Sorbonne and Braudel and his colleagues would come over to the New World to spread their wisdom. Before I left medieval history, I situated my own work firmly in the Annales tradition. And well, I guess that I never really left, as the second chapter of my dissertation on the German sugar industry is straight Annales methodology.

Anyway, what a hoot! If you click on Braudel’s name, you will read that “Niall Ferguson is like this twitter account; they are both a parody of a historian.” (See my Great War blog for more on NF.) Also this: Critic: “Annales economics only apply in the Early Modern era!” Response: there’s a great new post opened up at the University of Bite Me.

Makes me wonder, should I see if Otto von Bismarck’s Twitter handle is taken?

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About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at http://peasantsandjews.org. Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). http://www.dolchstosslegende.com. I also invite you to visit my profession web page at http://georgevascik.org.
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