A third classification is that of the historical works

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A third classification is that of the historical works, which, excepting Voltaire's correspondence, are  most voluminous. Mention has been made of the  Siècle de Louis XIV  and to  Essai sur les moeurs,  chiefly remarkable for the amount of private, personal information Voltaire was able to include in  them. His short monographs on Charles XII and on Peter the Great, as well as the  Annales de  l'empire,  deserve mention. In this field Voltaire was competent enough, but there is no danger of  anyone confusing him with an Edward Gibbon. Voltaire wrote a great deal on the subject of physics in which he demonstrated considerable  knowledge, but it is to the philosophical works that we now turn, to two in particular: the  Dictionnaire  philosophique,  which is largely made up of material that he had prepared for the  Encyclopédie,  of  which Diderot may be considered the guiding spirit; and the ambitious 
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