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Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment
(previously SVEC)

L’Orient à Vienne au dix-huitième siècle Front cover of latest OSE volume David Do Paço L’auteur analyse ici le rôle central que jouent les marchands et les diplomates ottomans à Vienne au dix-huitième siècle. Il adopte une approche administrative, sociale et urbaine qui replace les étrangers dans la diversité de leurs conditions sociales et de leurs identités religieuses. Rompant avec l’étude des diasporas et des différences, il privilégie l’analyse des interactions et de la continuité.

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Volume 13A: Siècle de Louis XIV (III): Chapitres 1-12 Louis XIV

Ed. Diego Venturino

This volume contains the first 12 chapters of this seminal work, which begins with Voltaire setting out his historiographical vision: this is not the history of a man, but of an age. It spans the period from the accession of the king and the European context in which his reign began, through the upheavals of the 1640s and early 1650s, the death of Mazarin and the start of Louis XIV’s personal rule, and the wars of conquest of the 1660s and 1670s, particularly in the Netherlands and the Franche-Comté. The volume ends with the retirement of the Grand Condé and the death at the battle of Salzbach of the illustrious marshal Turenne in 1675, signalling the passing of the era of unalloyed glory on the battlefield.

(Illustration: Nicolas Bazin, Portrait équestre de Louis XIV, 1682, INV.GRAV 10 © Château de Versailles.)

Le Siècle de Louis XIV is the foundational text of French literary history. This edition reveals the depth of erudition that lies behind each of Voltaire’s lines, and it highlights the central role of the Siècle in the emergence of modern historical thinking.’

Pierre Force, Professor of French and History, Columbia University

Centre de recherche du chateau de Versailles   This volume is published with the support of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles.


Correspondance de Pierre Bayle
vol.XII: janvier 1699–décembre 1702, Lettres 1406–1590
Pierre Bayle Bayle achève la deuxième édition du Dictionnaire, comportant des ‘Eclaircissements’ qui confirment la position philosophique et religieuse adoptée dans la première édition. Le cercle de Bayle s’élargit encore: il fait la connaissance de Shaftesbury et de Pierre Des Maizeaux, il est reçu à La Haye par la reine Sophie Charlotte, et il maintient ses contacts avec Pierre Coste. Il ne se repose pas mais se lance dans la composition de ses dernières œuvres.