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Conclusion: Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

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/9780198704836.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

The form of Gibbon’s Memoirs – left in six incomplete versions at his death – can be explained with reference to Gibbon’s views on moderation. Equilibrium ought to be achieved, Gibbon believed, ... More


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