Edward Gibbon and Empire / Edition 1

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This book, which celebrates the bicentenary of Edward Gibbon's death, 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 Empires, his appreciation of past civilizations and their material remains, his audience and their reactions - contemporary and Victorian - to his text 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 eigtheenth-century intellectual historians.
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"This scholarly and well-produced set of essays is, then, one which undelines the continuing influence and vitality of Gibbon's work." canadian Jrnl of History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521525053
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/18/2002
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Gibbon and the later Roman Empire: causes and circumstances 12
2 Gibbon and Justinian 34
3 Gibbon and the middle period of the Byzantine Empire 53
4 Byzantine soldiers, missionaries and diplomacy under Gibbon's eyes 78
5 Gibbon and the later Byzantine Empires 101
6 Gibbon and the Merovingians 117
7 Gibbon, Hodgkin, and the invaders of Italy 137
8 Gibbon and the early Middle Ages in eighteenth-century Europe 162
9 Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': revision and religion in the Decline and fall 190
10 Gibbon and international relations 217
11 Gibbon's Roman Empire as a universal monarchy: the Decline and fall and the imperial idea in early modern Europe 247
12 The conception of Gibbon's History 271
13 Winston Churchill and Gibbon 317
Epilogue 333
Index 342
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