Barbarism and Religion: Volume 4: Barbarians, Savages and Empires v. 4

Barbarism and Religion: Volume 4: Barbarians, Savages and Empires v. 4 : Barbarians, Savages and Empires

By (author) J. G. A. Pocock

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'Barbarism and Religion' - Edward Gibbon's own phrase - is the title of a 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 eighteenth-century Europe. In the fourth volume in the sequence, first published in 2005, Pocock argues that barbarism was central to the history of western historiography, to the history of the Enlightenment, and to Edward Gibbon himself. As a concept it was deeply problematic to Enlightened historians seeking to understand their own civilised societies in the light of exposure to newly discovered civilisations which were, until then, beyond the reach of history itself.

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  • Hardback | 388 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 30.5mm | 725.76g
  • 07 Feb 2012
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521856256
  • 9780521856256
  • 1,681,785

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Born in London and brought up in Christchurch, New Zealand, J. G. A. Pocock was educated at the universities of Canterbury and Cambridge, and is now Harry C. Black Emeritus Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University.

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'This book's challenging combination of Gibbonian study with history, historiography and philosophy carries Prof. Pocock's work onto a new level and one that will deepen the reader's understanding of all four.' Contemporary Review

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