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Gibbon, Newman, and the Religious Accuracy of the Historian

B. W. Young

in The Victorian Eighteenth Century: An Intellectual History

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199256228
eISBN:
9780191719660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256228.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter uses the response of a prominent Christian reader of Gibbon, John Henry Newman, to explore how 18th-century unbelief was worried over, and occasionally accommodated within the available ... More


Edward Gibbon and Francis Haverfield: The Traditions of Imperial Decline

Adam Rogers and Richard Hingley

in Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199584727
eISBN:
9780191595301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584727.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the intellectual context of Edward Gibbon's monumental and highly influential work The decline and fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88) and its role in the complex history and ... More


Including Islam

Garth Fowden

in Before and After Muhammad: The First Millennium Refocused

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691158532
eISBN:
9781400848164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691158532.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This book examines history and thought “before and after Muhammad” by offering a new perspective on the debate about “the West and the Rest,” about America's destiny and Europe's identity. One party ... More


Historical Perspectives in the Mind of Joseph Priestley

Alison Kennedy

in Joseph Priestley, Scientist, Philosopher, and Theologian

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199215300
eISBN:
9780191706929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215300.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines Priestley's different perspectives as a historian. The discussion is divided into three parts: the first is concerned with Joseph Priestley the historian, the second with ... More


‘As common as any the most vulgar thing to sense’: Three Versions of the Death of a Father

DAVID WOMERSLEY

in Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187332
eISBN:
9780191718861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter compares the three versions Gibbon composed of the death of his father. Although the movement from version to version is a good example of Gibbon's polishing of style, when these ... More


Conclusion

DAVID WOMERSLEY

in Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187332
eISBN:
9780191718861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

The short conclusion draws out the implications of this study for both the reputation of Gibbon himself, and also for our ideas of late eighteenth-century authorship.


The Marmoreal Edward Gibbon: The Memoirs and the Ruins of Rome

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter examines Edward Gibbon’s six unfinished Memoirs and their relationship with his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Many critics have stressed the mastery and coherence ... More


Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

David Womersley

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187332
eISBN:
9780191718861
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

The publication of the first volume of The Decline and Fall in 1776 immediately embroiled Gibbon in a dispute concerning his supposed irreligion. This book follows the implications and ramifications ... More


Edward Gibbon and the Secret of Empire, or Scipio Africanus and the Savages of the South Pacific

Julia Hell

in The Conquest of Ruins: The Third Reich and the Fall of Rome

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226588056
eISBN:
9780226588223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226588223.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The focus of this chapter is the analysis of Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The author situates Gibbon’s History in the context of the debates about British and ... More


Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Charlotte Roberts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Edward Gibbon’s presentation of character in both the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and in his posthumously published Memoirs demonstrates a prevailing interest in the values of ... More


The Foundations of Renaissance Historiography in the Eighteenth Century Voltaire and Gibbon

J. B. BULLEN

in The Myth of the Renaissance in Nineteenth-Century Writing

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128885
eISBN:
9780191671722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128885.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The term ‘Renaissance’ is a relatively modern idea. It did not exist in the eighteenth century, and even in the nineteenth century it had a meaning rather different from ours. Our use of the word ... More


Oriental Studies

Mordechai Feingold

in The History of the University of Oxford: Volume IV Seventeenth-Century Oxford

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199510146
eISBN:
9780191700958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199510146.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

In his appraisal of England's political, religious, and cultural scene following the Restoration, Gilbert Burnet singled out the esteemed state of learning at Oxford University, and ‘chiefly the ... More


Theodora Phranza

LEON LITVACK

in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263517
eISBN:
9780191682582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263517.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter discusses Theodora Phranza, Neale’s first full-length novel set in the Christian East. It was originally published in parts in the Churchman’s Companion in 1853–4 and then as a single ... More


‘On that Celebrated Ground’: Equivalency in the First Volume of the Decline and Fall

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was written over two decades in the second half of the eighteenth century, but it is frustratingly difficult to trace the ... More


Historiography: Insensible Revolutions

James Noggle

in Unfelt: The Language of Affect in the British Enlightenment

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747120
eISBN:
9781501747137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747120.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter details how the concept of the insensible enters British historiography around the middle of the eighteenth century. The insensible not only helps historians narrate the large-scale ... More


Introduction: Shaping Edward Gibbon

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has been viewed since its publication as an unimpeachable monolith of scholarship and literature, and, more recently, as a complex, ... More


‘To Unite the Most Distant Revolutions’: Inheritance in the Second and Third Volumes of the Decline and Fall

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter examines Edward Gibbon’s treatment of the idea of inheritance in the second and third volumes of the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The corruption of this period of ... More


Gibbon’s “Jewish Problem”

Ralph Lerner

in "Na"ive Readings": Reveilles Political and Philosophic

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226353296
eISBN:
9780226353326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226353326.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

In following the scattered traces of Edward Gibbon’s references to Jews in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, this essay seeks to detect an evolving argument, perhaps even an authorial ... More


‘A Solemn and Mournful Recollection’: Repetition in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Volumes of the Decline and Fall

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

The last three volumes of Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire describe the final corruption and fall of empire in the East. This chapter examines how loss and pathos ... More


INTRODUCTION

DAVID WOMERSLEY

in Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187332
eISBN:
9780191718861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This introductory chapter sets out the general subject of the book and illustrates Gibbon's evolving relationship with his reader by analysing changes in the footnotes to The Decline and Fall as it ... More


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