Edward Gibbon and Empire

Edward Gibbon and Empire

by Rosamond McKitterick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521497248

ISBN-13: 9780521497244

Pub. Date: 11/13/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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,…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521497244
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/13/1996
Pages:
367
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1Gibbon and the later Roman Empire: causes and circumstances12
2Gibbon and Justinian34
3Gibbon and the middle period of the Byzantine Empire53
4Byzantine soldiers, missionaries and diplomacy under Gibbon's eyes78
5Gibbon and the later Byzantine Empires101
6Gibbon and the Merovingians117
7Gibbon, Hodgkin, and the invaders of Italy137
8Gibbon and the early Middle Ages in eighteenth-century Europe162
9Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': revision and religion in the Decline and fall190
10Gibbon and international relations217
11Gibbon's Roman Empire as a universal monarchy: the Decline and fall and the imperial idea in early modern Europe247
12The conception of Gibbon's History271
13Winston Churchill and Gibbon317
Epilogue333
Index342

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