By Henri Michaux

ISBN-10: 0811220842

ISBN-13: 9780811220842

A wild trip to the East narrated by way of a author who's "without equivalent within the literature of our time" –Jorge Luis Borges

Henri Michaux (1899–1984), the good French poet and painter, set out as a tender guy to determine the a ways East. touring from India to the Himalayas, and directly to China and Japan, Michaux voices his vibrant impressions, slicing evaluations, and curious insights: He has no hassle talking his brain. half fanciful travelogue and half exploration of tradition, A Barbarian in Asia is gifted the following in its unique translation by way of Sylvia seashore, the well-known American-born bookseller in Paris.

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47 There are many missing details in this picture of the European wool industry, but one thing is certain: it is not possible to reach any conclusions regarding the general European trends on the basis of isolated local or national statistical series. It is not difficult to demonstrate local crises, or crises in the production of specific qualities, but where is one to place the general European crisis of the seventeenth century? In the first years of the century—if we are to go on the Italian or Castilian data; in 1614—if we are to go on the export of English cloth; at the beginning of the 1630s—if we are to go on the northern French industry; in 1640–5—if we accept Hondschoote as a norm; in 1654—if we are to go on Leiden.

The idea of a prolonged economic depression originates from the statistical era, but the method must be adapted to the conditions of the pre-statistical era; we cannot procure the statistical series we need, so we must use what we have. It must nevertheless be an elementary requirement as to method that the indicative facts from which we arrive at the European fluctuations must be drawn from the whole of Europe, or that we at least have a fairly certain knowledge as to the 34 THE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY CRISIS extent of the gaps.

87, tax figures at p. 73. Lee. ‘Scotland and the “General Crisis” of the seventeenth century,’ Scottish Historical Review, LXIII (1984), pp. 136–54, took an opposite view; but Brown’s evidence seems far more convincing. Bonney, Political Change in France under Richelieu and Mazarin, 1624–1661 (Oxford, 1978), p. 175. However, taxes levied did not necessarily mean taxes paid: some communities paid less than one-third of their assessment: see ibid. pp. , 1988). Black, A Military Revolution? Military Change and European Society, 1550–1800 (London, 1991), p.

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