Barbarism and Religion 2 Volume Hardback Set

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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 Europe. This is a major intervention from one of the world's leading historians, challenging the idea of a single "Enlightenment" with Paris at its center: through Gibbon a plurality of enlightenments in fact emerge, of which the English, an ecclesiastical as well as a secular phenomenon, was one.
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Overview

"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 Europe. This is a major intervention from one of the world's leading historians, challenging the idea of a single "Enlightenment" with Paris at its center: through Gibbon a plurality of enlightenments in fact emerge, of which the English, an ecclesiastical as well as a secular phenomenon, was one.
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T. H. Breen
In this monumental volume, Pocock seeks to explain how a studious boy fashioned himself into a genuinely ''enlightened'' thinker...he is a truly enlightened historian, one who takes ideas seriously...
The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521779210
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2000
  • Pages: 824
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 2.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume One: Introduction; Part I. England and Switzerland, 1737–1763: 1. Putney, Oxford and the question of English Enlightenment; 2. Lausanne and the Arminian Enlightenment; 3. The re-education of young Gibbon: method, unbelief and the turn towards history; 4. The Hampshire militia and the problems of modernity; 5. Study in the camp: erudition and the search for a narrative; Part II. The Encounter with Paris and the Defence of Erudition, 1761–1763: 6. The politics of scholarship in French and English Enlightenment; 7. Erudition and Enlightenment in the Académie des Inscriptions; 8. D'Alembert's Discours Preliminaire: the philosophe perception of history; 9. The Essai sur l'Etude de la Litterature: imagination, irony and history; 10. Paris and the gens de lettres: experience and recollection; Part III. Lausanne and Rome: The Journey Towards a Subject, 1763–1765: 11. The return to Lausanne and the pursuit of erudition; 12. The journey to Rome and the transformation of intentions; Epilogue: Gibbon and the rhythm that was different; Bibliographies; Index. Volume II: Introduction; Prelude: the varieties of early modern historiography: Part I. Constructing The Enlightened Narrative: Section I. Pietro Giannone: Jurist and Libertin in the Central Mediterranean; 1. Civil and ecclesiastical history; 2. Popes and emperors: from the Isaurians to the Hohenstaufen; 3. Angevins, Spaniards and Gallicans: to the brink of enlightenment; 4. Gibbon and Giannone: narrative, philosophy, erudition; Section II. Voltaire: Neo-Classicst and Philosophe in the Enlightened World-Picture; 1. On the horizons of Europe: the kings of the north; 2. Courtly monarchy as the instrument of Englightenment: the Siecle de Louis XIV; 3. Asia and the dechristianisation of history: the Siecle and the Essai sur les Moeurs; 4. The Christian millennium in Europe: the Essai sur les Moeurs; 5. The recovery of civil government, the rebirth of fanaticism, and the return to the Siecle; 6. Voltaire: the exasperating predecessor; Part II. The Historical Age and the Historical Nation; Section III. David Hume and the Philosophical History of England; 1. The problems of history in the Hanoverian Kingdoms; 2. David Hume: the Essays as contemporary history; 3. The History of Great Britain: Hume's modern history; 4. England under the House of the Tudor: monarchy, Europe and enthusiasm; 5. Hume's History of England: the Enlightened narrative in retrospect; Section IV. William Robertson and the History of Europe; 1. The problems of history: the Scottish perspective; 2. Scotland and the progress of society; 3. The Reign of Charles V and the emergence of the European States; 4. Robertson: histories written and unwritten; Part III. The Progress of Civil Society; Section V. Adam Smith: Jurisprudence into History; 1. Moral philosophy and the stages of society; 2. Smith's Glasgow lectures: narrative and philosophical history; Section IV. Adam Ferguson: the Moderate as Machiavellian; 1. Ferguson's Essay: Siberia as the cradle of World history; 2. The Memoires Litteraires and the Remains of Japhet; 3. Scottish narrative: theoretical and civil history; Part IV. Intending the Decline and Fall; 1. The Enlightened narrative and the project of 1776; 2. 'Gibbon's dark ages:' the writngs of 1765–72; 3. Beginning to write: the evidence of hte autobiographies; Bibliographies; Index.
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