Definition of longue durée in English:

longue durée


  • A perspective on history that extends deep into the past, focusing on the long-standing and imperceptibly slowly changing relationships between people and the world which constitute the most fundamental (and hence the least questioned or analysed) aspects of social life, and incorporating findings from disciplines such as climatology, demography, and physical geography. Later also more generally: the long term in historical discourse, as opposed to current or recent events.


1960s. From French longue durée, specific use of longue durée long duration, long time from longue, feminine of long + durée duration.


longue durée

/ˌlɒŋ djʊˈreɪ//ˌlɒŋ djɔːˈreɪ/