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Barbarism and Religion

Volume 4. Barbarians, Savages and Empires

  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521721011


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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.

    • Strong reviews of the hardback show that this volume more than matches the high standards of the sequence so far
    • Appeals both graduate level and above
    • World famous acclaimed author
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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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    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521721011
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.622kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The History and Theory of Barbarism:
    1. Introducing the barbarian: problems of barbarism and religion
    2. Anquetil-Duperron: despotism and prophecy in Sassanid Persia
    3. Antoine-Yves Goguet: the Confusion of Tongues and the origins of civility
    4. Thomas Carte: Japhetic settlers in the western islands
    5. The first Germans: lethargy and passion in a transhumant culture
    Part II. Joseph de Guignes and the Discovery of Eurasia:
    6. Gentile history in the further Asia
    7. The many faces of Fo: the problem of religion in Eurasian history
    8. Hans, Huns and Romans: the rhythms of barbarism and empire
    Part III. The New World and the Problem of History:
    9. The invention and discovery of savagery
    10. Robertson's America: the Scottish theoretical encounter with the New World
    11. The universe of savagery and the search for history
    12. Ancient history for modern settlers: the response to Robertson
    Part IV. The Crisis of the Seaborne Empires:
    13. European history and the global ocean
    14. The antiquity of Asia: legislators, priests and the tragedy of history
    15. American savages and European barbarians: the invasion of the natural world
    16, Slaves and settlers: the sugar islands in the new geopolitics
    17. Utopia and revolution: the northern continent in history
    18. Gibbon and the Empires
    Bibliography of works cited

  • Author

    J. G. A. Pocock, The Johns Hopkins University
    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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