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Annales historians

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


The journal Annales d'histoire sociale et économique was founded in 1929 by Lucien Febvre and Marc B loch , who at that time were professors of history at the University of Strasbourg. The purpose of the journal was to revitalize the study of history, which at the Sorbonne had become trivialized to the point of extinction. The founders of the journal were determined to turn their discipline from a narrow conception of political and diplomatic history to a dynamic structural study of social and economic history. Febvre and Bloch moved to Paris during the 1930s, Febvre to the Collège de France and Bloch to the Sorbonne. During the 1939–45 war Febvre worked for the Resistance; Bloch was shot by the Germans. Even during the occupation of France, Febvre continued work on the journal. After the war it was given a new and even more specific title: Annales: Economies, sociétés, civilisations . Fernand B raudel followed Febvre as editorial director in 1957. J.H. Hexter (1979, pp. 61–145) has written an exceptionally informative; though obnoxiously sarcastic, assessment of Braudel and the Annales historians. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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