CONTENTS
ABBREVIATIONSx
INTRODUCTION1
I. APPRENTICESHIP5
II. VOLTAIRE AND HIS PREDECESSORS26
The Humanist Historians26
Bossuet30
The Sceptics32
Fontenelle34
Fénelon and Boulainvilliers36
Bolingbroke40
III. SOCIAL HISTORY46
Le Siècle de Louis XIV48
The Essai sur les mœurs61
Other Works70
IV. UNIVERSAL HISTORY76
Cosmopolitan History76
The Remote Past84
V. THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY95
The Purpose and Nature of History95
Causation and Development104
Voltaire and Montesquieu111
Determinism and Progress121
VI. HISTORICAL METHOD129
Sources and Critical Method129
Richelieu's Testament Politique147
Form and Style160
CONCLUSION165
BIBLIOGRAPHY170
INDEXES175

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Abbreviations x
  • Introduction 1
  • I - Apprenticeship 5
  • II - Voltaire and His Predecessors 26
  • III - Social History 46
  • IV - Universal History 76
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  • VI - Historical Method 129
  • Conclusion 165
  • Bibliography 170
  • General Index 175
  • Index of References to Voltaire's Works 177
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