Annales School (The Annales School)

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Annales School (The Annales School)[edit]

A group of French historians gravitating around the journal Annales d’histoire économique et sociale and associated with the socioeconomic focus of French historiography in the first half of the 20th Century. The School was founded by Lucien Febvre and Marc Bloch and subsequently led by prominent figures such as Fernand Braudel. The Annales School focuses on pre-modern history and emphasizes social and economic themes rather than diplomatic and political ones, viewing actual events as less fundamental than the mental frameworks that shaped decisions and practices. It has had a great impact on the practice and analysis of history, providing a more geographical and popular accent to history.

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