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‘The Great Society of the Human Species’: Volney and the Global Politics of Revolutionary France (2013)


This article analyses the complex and contested geo-politics associated with the concept of a universal human society during the era of the French Revolution. It focuses on the figure of Constantin-François Volney (1757–1820), a neglected philosopher who played a significant role in the history of both French anti-imperialist thought and French imperial practice in North Africa and the Levant. It uses that focus to explore the relationship between visions of human emancipation and the exercise of global power during the 1790s and beyond.

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Authors & Contributors
Goldstein, Jan E.
Dodman, Thomas W.
Auslander, Leora
Postone, Moishe
Sewell, William H.
Gissis, Snait B.
Perspectives on Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Social Studies of Science
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
University of North Carolina Press
University of Chicago
Johns Hopkins University Press
French Revolution of 1789
Science and society
Science and politics
Science and culture
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Peiresc, Nicolas Claude Fabri de
Bentham, Jeremy
Burke, Edmund
Tennemann, Wilhelm Gottlieb
Degérando, Joseph-Marie
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
17th century
North Africa
Great Britain
Atlantic world
Atlantic Ocean
Académie Royale des Sciences (France)

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