The Age Of Voltaire Part 1 Of 2 by Will Durant

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Part Two Of Two Parts

(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)

 

About Will Durant

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WILL DURANT (1885-1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1968) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977). He spent over fifty years writing his critically acclaimed eleven-volume series, The Story of Civilization (the later volumes written in conjunction with his wife, Ariel). A champion of human rights issues such as the brotherhood of man and social reform long before such issues were popular, Durant, through his writings, continues to educate and entertain readers the world over. 
 
Published June 18, 1998 by Books on Tape, Inc..
Genres: . Non-fiction

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