(9th in Civilization series)
Volume 9 in THE STORY OF CIVILIZATION, THE AGE OF VOLTAIRE, is the biography of a great man as well as the story of ideas and events that culminated in the French Revolution. But the revolution turned inward and set the stage for Napoleon, a disaster for Europe in general and for the French in particular. Of notable interest to the general reader is the Durants' conclusion that it was English ideas of skepticism, scientific experiment, "natural rights," constitutional government, and individual liberty that started the French on their road to ruin.
"A fine work of popularization...the Durants show an acute appreciation of the quality of this particular period." (The New Yorker)
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