As LUP celebrates its 120-year anniversary, we are focusing on the eighteenth century and the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series, published in partnership with the Voltaire Foundation.
When the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in April 2010 it threw up a huge ash plume 9 kilometres into the sky. Yet the resulting 21st-century anecdotes pale in comparison to the 18th-century narratives related by travellers in Naples, on the flanks of Vesuvius or Etna.
Material constraints in publishing can sometimes have the beneficial effect of focusing attention anew on the importance of the intellectual content of the book.
Grâce à un don de la Mellon Foundation, la Voltaire Foundation a entamé une édition numérique des œuvres complètes du baron d’Holbach, l’un des penseurs clés des Lumières radicales françaises.
This post has been created as part of the Digital Enlightenment research project, directed by Professor Nicholas Cronk and funded by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation. This is a full-time post for 12 months, starting 1 September 2019, and the postholder will be based at the Voltaire Foundation, 99 Banbury Road, Oxford. The project team will consist of the PI, the project coordinator, a postdoctoral researcher, and a digital consultant in addition to the Research Assistant.
The Précis du siècle de Louis XV is an account of Voltaire’s own world. His sources are the memoirs of leading military or political figures, many known to him personally, the wide range of archives and state papers to which he had access as historiographe de France, what he reads in the press, and what he picks up in conversation. We have moved from Voltaire historian to Voltaire the shrewd eye-witness, writing with vivacity of what he has seen and heard.