Fragments sur l’Inde
About the Book
This edition of Voltaire’s Fragments sur l’Inde is the first ever scholarly critical edition of a neglected historical text from his later years. The work, first published in 1773, sees Voltaire returning to the subject of Indian history, which had interested him since the first drafts of the Essai sur les mœurs in the 1740s. Inspired by the prospect of rehabilitating the memory of the executed General Lally, the Fragments sur l’Inde are in two parts: the first explores recent colonial enterprises in India and the disastrous Pondicherry campaign, which was to cost Lally his life; while the second is a more general meditation on Indian history, religion and customs.
This volume also contains a text attributable to Voltaire, the Mandement du muphti, suivi d’un Décret du divan.
Table of Contents
Fragments sur l’Inde (Critical edition by Cynthia Manley and John Renwick)
Mandement du muphti, suivi d’un Décret du divan (Text attributable to Voltaire, presented by Nicholas Cronk)