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The eighteenth-century luxury debate: the case of Voltaire

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Voltaire's role in the luxury debate, the controversy about civilisation, capitalism, and progress which accompanied the birth of modern consumer society in the eighteenth century, is generally limited to his Mondain and its Défense, and reduced to a hedonist apology for luxury. The thesis sets out to re-examine and refute this.

It analyses Voltaire's discovery of commercial societies in Holland and England, and, focussing on the latter, it finds that the apology fo...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
Sub department:
French
Oxford college:
Somerville College
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Division:
HUMS
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
Sub department:
French
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Name:
Arts and Humanities Research Council
Funding agency for:
Gottmann, F
Publication date:
2011
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
Language:
English
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Local pid:
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Deposit date:
2011-05-13

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