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Barbarism and Religion : Barbarism and Religion Narratives of Civil Government v. 2 - J. G. A. Pocock

Barbarism and Religion

Barbarism and Religion Narratives of Civil Government v. 2

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2001
ISBN: 9780521797603
Number Of Pages: 440

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The second volume in the acclaimed sequence of Barbarism and Religion explores the historiography of Enlightenment. John Pocock investigates a series of major authors who wrote Enlightened histories on a grand narrative scale, were known to Edward Gibbon and were important in the latter's own work: Giannone, Voltaire, Hume, Robertson, Ferguson and Adam Smith. With his recognition that the subject of the Decline and Fall demanded treatment of both the patristic as well as the papal church, Edward Gibbon's intellectual trajectory is both similar but at points crucially distinct from the dominant Latin 'Enlightened narrative' these writers developed. This volume is also informed by the perception that the interaction of philosophy, erudition and narrative is central to the development of enlightened historiography: once again John Pocock shows how the Decline and Fall is both akin to but distinct from the historiographical context within which Gibbon wrote his great work.

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'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

Introduction; Prelude: the varieties of early modern historiography
Constructing The Enlightened Narrative
Pietro Giannone: Jurist and Libertin in the Central Mediterranean
Civil and ecclesiastical history
Popes and emperors: from the Isaurians to the Hohenstaufen
Angevins, Spaniards and Gallicans: to the brink of enlightenment
Gibbon and Giannone: narrative, philosophy, erudition
Voltaire: Neo-Classicst and Philosophe in the Enlightened World-Picture
On the horizons of Europe: the kings of the north
Courtly monarchy as the instrument of Englightenment: the Siecle de Louis XIV
Asia and the dechristianisation of history: the Siecle and the Essai sur les Moeurs
The Christian millennium in Europe: the Essai sur les Moeurs
The recovery of civil government, the rebirth of fanaticism, and the return to the Siecle
Voltaire: the exasperating predecessor
The Historical Age and the Historical Nation
David Hume and the Philosophical History of England
The problems of history in the Hanoverian kingdoms
David Hume: the Essays as contemporary history
The History of Great Britain: Hume's modern history
England under the House of the Tudor: monarchy, Europe and enthusiasm
Hume's History of England: the Enlightened narrative in retrospect
William Robertson and the History of Europe
The problems of history: the Scottish perspective
Scotland and the progress of society
The Reign of Charles V and the emergence of the European States
Robertson: histories written and unwritten
The Progress of Civil Society
Adam Smith: Jurisprudence into History
Moral philosophy and the stages of society
Smith's Glasgow lectures: narrative and philosophical history
Adam Ferguson: the Moderate as Machiavellian
Ferguson's Essay: Siberia as the cradle of World history
The Memoires Litteraires and the Remains of Japhet
Scottish narrative: theoretical and civil history
Intending the Decline and Fall
The Enlightened narrative and the project of 1776
'Gibbon's dark ages:' the writings of 1765-72
Beginning to write: the evidence of the autobiographies
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ISBN: 9780521797603
ISBN-10: 0521797608
Series: Barbarism and Religion 2 Volume Paperback Set : Book 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 2nd May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.27  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.69