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Barbarism and Religion : Barbarism and Religion Enlightenments of Edward Gibbon, 1737-1764 v. 1 - J. G. A. Pocock

Barbarism and Religion

Barbarism and Religion Enlightenments of Edward Gibbon, 1737-1764 v. 1

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'Barbarism and Religion' - Edward Gibbon's own phrase - is the title of an acclaimed sequence of works by John Pocock designed to situate Gibbon, and his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, in a series of contexts in the history of eighteenth-century Europe. This is a major intervention from one of the world's leading historians of ideas, challenging the notion of any one 'Enlightenment' and positing instead a plurality of enlightenments, of which the English was one. In this first volume, The Enlightenments of Edward Gibbon, John Pocock follows Gibbon through his youthful exile in Switzerland and his criticisms of the Encyclopedie, and traces the growth of his historical interests down to the conception of the Decline and Fall itself.

'Pocock manages to place Gibbon within these larger cosmopolitan movements without diminishing the historian's extraordinary accomplishment.' Tim Breen, New York Times Review of Books 'Pocock the historian of political thought has not been altogether useless to Pocock the historian of Gibbon's Roman Empire.' Peter Burke, European Legacy '... the grandeur of Pocock's conception amazes, but it is often the asides and apercus that linger longest in the mind.' David Armitage, Lingua Franca 'Thus we come back to the English Protestant Enlightenment and the point from which John Pocock set out on his magnificent tour de force.' Nicholas Tyacke, Times Literary Supplement 'He has penned two very important volumes.' Jeremy Black 'There can be few scholars who can match the range and depth of Pocock's scholarship ...'. History of Political Thought

Introduction
England and Switzerland, 1737û1763
Putney, Oxford and the question of English Enlightenment
Lausanne and the Arminian Enlightenment
The re-education of young Gibbon: method, unbelief and the turn towards history
The Hampshire militia and the problems of modernity
Study in the camp: erudition and the search for a narrative
The Encounter with Paris and the Defence of Erudition, 1761û1763
The politics of scholarship in French and English Enlightenment
Erudition and Enlightenment in the Académie des Inscriptions
DÆAlembertÆs Discours Preliminaire: the philosophe perception of history
The Essai sur lÆEtude de la Litterature: imagination, irony and history
Paris and the gens de lettres: experience and recollection
Lausanne and Rome: The Journey Towards a Subject, 1763û1765
The return to Lausanne and the pursuit of erudition
The journey to Rome and the transformation of intentions
Epilogue: Gibbon and the rhythm that was different
Bibliographies
Index
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ISBN: 9780521633451
ISBN-10: 0521633451
Series: Barbarism and Religion 2 Volume Hardback Set : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 31st December 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68