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On a recent Italian edition of Voltaire's Essai sur les moeurs et l'esprit des nations 1.

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The first work that reveals his abiding attention to history is certainly his Essay on the Civil Wars of Francewritten in English during his years of exile in and published as an introduction to the Henriadethe epic whose hero is Henry IV and which narrates the fierce religious wars that bloodied Voltaire and dating in the second half of the 16th century, and which the famous Edict of Nantes, decreed by Henri inhelped to quell. Yet it is no exaggeration to say that the Essai was for at least twenty years, from the mids to the mids, the work into which, in Voltaire and dating reworkings and additions, Voltaire poured most of his historical knowledge, putting into practice the methodological principles of his concept of history.

Although it was not the bearer of a transcendent and meta-historical meaning, nor realizes the des of a Providence as taught by the Histoire Universelle that Bossuet had written for the Dauphin of France in 5history nevertheless had always had, for Voltaire, the task of illustrating the path — bumpy and uncertain — traversed over the centuries by human reason, that is, the bon sens of men, from their intellectual demands of truth and criticism, their moral sentiment of fairness and justice, in short what for Voltaire was civilisationas opposed to the benightedness of ignorance. There are numerous textual places that could be used as evidence of this critical function that Voltaire attributed to history.

A hundred writers will have copied from this traveler, and the error will be accredited. We see the clever and fortunate enchain the feckless and crush the unfortunate; and yet, even these clever and fortunate ones are themselves at the mercy of fortune as much as the slaves they rule over. In the end, men can be enlightened a little thanks to the portrayal [ tableau ] of their misfortunes and their nonsense.

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Societies come with time to rectify their ideas; men learn to think. However, not for this did Voltaire refrain from thinking that history, insofar as res gestaehad some structural unity and coherence.

Municipal government grew a little from the ruins of the feudal owners.

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Little by little those communities, being able to work and trade for their own interests, practiced the arts and commerce, since slavery was on the way to extinction. Yet he felt that this did not undermine the need to continue to reflect upon and study history as a whole, constructing it as a unitary tableau.

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Riccardo Campi. On a recent Italian edition of Voltaire's Essai sur les moeurs et l'esprit des nations 1 Araucaria. Notes 1 Voltaire, Saggio sui costumi e lo spirito delle nazioniedited by Domenico Felice, introduction by Roberto Finzi, Turin, Einaudi,2 voll. II, p. See R. Hersant and R.

Jomand-Baudry, Paris, Garnier,particularly pp.

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Finzi, Introduzione a Voltaire, Saggio sui costumi, cit. II, pp. Finzi, Introduzione, in Saggio sui costumi, cit.

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I, pp.

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