Fernand Braudel

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In Chapter Seven: European, Chinese, Islamic, and Mexican Cities, one can develop an understanding of what increasing urbanization from the medieval times, meant for those who lived in the cities and those who did not( Kevin Reilly, Chapter 7). This chapter also supports Fernand Braudel’s thesis, which is that European towns were marked by an unparalleled freedom for the fact being that these towns developed autonomous, self- governing bodies of largely middle-class citizens who thought of themselves as a community( Fernand Braudel). They had no kings or no one who ruled them, but rather governed themselves( Fernand Braudel). This chapter will help one understand, what made European towns different from others. According to Braudel, European

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