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The Cambridge Companion to Edward Gibbon

The Cambridge Companion to Edward Gibbon

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Karen O'Brien, J. G. A. Pocock, Robert Mayhew, Catharine Edward, Mark Whittow, George Woudhuysen, Tim Stuart-Buttle, Béla Kapossy, Richard Whatmore, B. W. Young, Fred Parker, Robert Mankin, Charlotte Roberts, David Womersley
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  • Publication planned for: May 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107035119

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  • Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published in three instalments from 1776 to 1788, is widely regarded as the greatest work of history in the English language.   Starting with the accession of the Roman Emperor Commodus in the late second century CE, Gibbon's work traverses thirteen centuries, encompassing the rises of Christianity and Islam, the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the intellectual roots, contemporary European contexts, literary style and thematic scale of Gibbon's achievement. Alongside the History, it gives an introduction to Gibbon's other works, including the Memoirs he left unfinished at his death and previously unpublished material. Leading international scholars in the fields of classics, geography, history and literature provide a comprehensive account of Gibbon's monumental account of decline, fall and global historical transformation.

    • Provides an accessible yet comprehensive and scholarly overview of Edward Gibbon's monumental History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-1788).
    • Delivers work by leading scholars in a variety of scholarly fields to provide a full intellectual and historical context to Gibbon's literary achievements, including notably a contribution by J. G. A Pocock.
    • Offers full account of other works by Edward Gibbon including the Memoirs he left unfinished at his death.
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    • Publication planned for: May 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107035119
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Introduction Karen O'Brien
    1. An Overview of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire J. G. A. Pocock
    2. Gibbon's Geographies Robert Mayhew
    3. Gibbon and the City of Rome Catharine Edwards
    4. Do Byzantine Historians Still Read Gibbon? Mark Whittow
    5. Gibbon Among the Barbarians George Woudhuysen
    6. Gibbon and Enlightenment History in Eighteenth-Century Britain Tim Stuart-Buttle
    7. Gibbon and Republicanism Béla Kapossy and Richard Whatmore
    8. Gibbon and Catholicism B. W. Young
    9. Gibbon's Style in The Decline and Fall Fred Parker
    10. Gibbon's Mind and Libraries Robert Mankin
    11.The Memoirs and Character of the Historian Charlotte Roberts
    12. Afterword: A New Gibbon Manuscript David Womersley

  • Editors

    Karen O'Brien, University of Birmingham
    Karen O'Brien is Head of Humanities and Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford.  She is the author of Narratives of Enlightenment: Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon (Cambridge,1997), Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge, 2009) and, as co-editor with Peter Garside, The Oxford History of the Novel, 1750-1820 (2015).

    Brian Young, University of Oxford
    Brian Young is Associate Professor of History at Oxford where he is Charles Stuart Tutor at Christ Church. His publications include Religion and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century England: Theological Debate from Locke to Burke (1998) and The Victorian Eighteenth Century:  An Intellectual History (2007). He has edited, with Richard Whatmore, A Companion to Intellectual History (2016).

    Contributors

    Karen O'Brien, J. G. A. Pocock, Robert Mayhew, Catharine Edward, Mark Whittow, George Woudhuysen, Tim Stuart-Buttle, Béla Kapossy, Richard Whatmore, B. W. Young, Fred Parker, Robert Mankin, Charlotte Roberts, David Womersley

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