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Edward Gibbon and Empire - Rosamund McKitterick

Edward Gibbon and Empire

By: Rosamund McKitterick (Editor), Dr. Roland Quinault (Editor)

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Published: 13th November 1996
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This book examines Gibbon's interpretations of empire and the intellectual context in which he formulated them against a background of the eighteenth- and late twentieth-century knowledge of late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Gibbon's ideas of empire, his understanding of monarchy and the balance of power, his sources and working methods, the structure of the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, his attitude towards the barbarians, the contrasting treatments of the eastern and western Empire, his appreciation of past civilizations and their material remains, his audience and their reactions - contemporary and Victorian - are considered in the light of the latest research on eighteenth-century intellectual history on the one hand and on late antiquity, Byzantium and the Middle Ages on the other. The book breaks new ground in taking the form of a dialogue between experts on the fields about which Gibbon himself wrote, and eighteenth-century intellectual historians.

'The essays in this handsome volume ... are uniformly learned and polished ...' Early Medieval Europe

Introduction
Gibbon and the later Roman Empire: causes and circumstances
Gibbon and
Gibbon and the middle period of the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine soldiers, missionaries and diplomacy under Gibbon's eyes
Gibbon and the later Byzantine empires
Gibbon and the Merovingians
Gibbon and the early Middle Ages in eighteenth-century Europe
Gibbon and the 'watchmen of the Holy City': religion and revision in The Decline and Fall
Gibbon and international relations
Gibbon's Roman Empire as a universal monarchy
The conception of Gibbon's History
Winston Churchill and
Epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521497244
ISBN-10: 0521497248
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 13th November 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.71