Why, and how, to Talk about the Mediterranean Today (di Maurice Aymard) - ABSTRACT:
From many viewpoints, over a wide range of disciplines, the Mediterranean question is now coming back to the centre of attention. In this area of analysis by no means solely geographical the past is going through permanent interaction with the present, where all the tensions accumulated over the last two centuries and all the uncertainties of the future seem to converge. The events of the last twenty years are calling for the development of new interpretative frameworks, going beyond the traditional approaches of the social sciences: geo-strategic, historical and anthropological. On comparative reconsideration of the approaches, the Braudelian lesson not always in peaceful coexistence with the recent interpretations of ethnologists and anthropologists leaves us in no doubt about its long run validity, suggesting we give our contemporary representation of the Mediterranean as extensive spatial and temporal dimensions as possible.