No, It Did Not ‘Come Out of the Blue’

Impossible d’expliquer__________________ en dehors de ce large contexte, ou elle est a la fois construite et prisonniere. [Fernand Braudel, La Mediterranee V.1  (Paris: Armand Colin, 1966, 84)]

Whatever current event or historical phenomenon one is thinking about, if your thinking does not encompass the broader context, your thinking will  be a prisoner of that context.

2 comments on “No, It Did Not ‘Come Out of the Blue’

  1. […] from [the] large context of which it is simultaneously built and prisoner,” as Fernand Braudel noted. Washington war party fanatics worry about ISIS “terrorists,” while ISIS […]

  2. […] we change history? Can we drive the “red wheel” of implacable historical force ["ce large contexte, ou elle est a la fois construite et prisonniere"] where we want? Alexeyev, responsible for running the Tsarist war effort at the start of the […]

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