How did Fernand Braudel contribute to our analytic approaches to European history, and thereby other regional histories in the world? (understand Braudel's approach to Europe using his Long Duree, Long Term, and Current modes of analysis; and be able to compare and contrast geographic and ecological factors that potentially affected the political and agricultural development of Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas over the Long Duree. Related terms: (European penninsula, swamp draining as a factor, Black Plague, tsetse fly, horses, Steppe)

Some collected Braudel quotes:

Everything must be recaptured and relocated in the general framework of history, so that despite the difficulties, the fundamental paradoxes and contradictions, we may respect the unity of history which is also the unity of life.

Events are the ephemera of history; they pass across its stage like fireflies, hardly glimpsed before they settle back into darkness and as often as not into oblivion. Every event, however brief, has to be sure a contribution to make, lights up some dark corner or even some wide vista of history. Nor it it only political history which benefits most, for every historical landscape--political, economic, social, even geographical--is illumined by the intermittent flare of the event.

History may be divided into three movements: what moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears not to move at all.