The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. I: China, B.C. -- Europe, Eleventh Century] - Vol. 24

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. I: China, B.C. -- Europe, Eleventh Century] - Vol. 24

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The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. I: China, B.C. -- Europe, Eleventh Century] - Vol. 24

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Ancient and Modern History, V. I: China, B.C. -- Europe, Eleventh Century] - Vol. 24

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A Summary Account of what the Western Nations originally were, and the Author's Reasons for beginning this Essay with a Description of the East.

YOU are at length resolved, then, to surmount the disgust you conceived from reading the " Modern History " since the decay of the Roman Empire, and to receive a general idea of the nations which inhabit and ravage the face of the earth. All that you seek to learn in this immensity of matter, is only that which deserves to be known; the genius, the manners and customs of the principal nations, supported by facts, of which no intelligent person should be ignorant. The aim of such an inquiry is not to know the precise year in which the brutal sovereign of a barbarous people was succeeded by a prince unworthy of historical notice. If a man could have the misfortune to encumber his head with the chronological series of all the dynasties which have . . .

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