<p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>This article examines Volney right before and after 1789. Placed together in their intellectual historical context, his works in this period â Travels in Syria and Egypt (1787), Considerations (1788), and The Ruins (1791) â offer a valuable guide into the workings of the âEnlightenment narrativeâ of âEuropeanâ and âOrientalâ history at the critical juncture of the age of revolutions. The image of Volney as a progressive stadial historian and optimist revolutionary hereby cedes its place to that of Volney the worried republican indulged in the heroic attempt to find a way to build a free and stable polity.</p>
Journal of the History of Ideas – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: May 11, 2018
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