Edward Gibbon the Historian Joseph Ward Swain

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Published: 1966

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161 pages


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Edward Gibbon the Historian  by  Joseph Ward Swain

Edward Gibbon the Historian by Joseph Ward Swain
1966 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 161 pages | ISBN: | 4.80 Mb

Joseph Ward Swain shows in this book how Gibbon came to hold the views about the decline and fall of Rome that underlie his great History. Most writers on Gibbon have merely followed his own account of his life, set forth in his Memoirs, but hereMoreJoseph Ward Swain shows in this book how Gibbon came to hold the views about the decline and fall of Rome that underlie his great History.

Most writers on Gibbon have merely followed his own account of his life, set forth in his Memoirs, but here these Memoirs are subjected to careful criticism, with explanation of how and when they were written and published, and evaluation of their evidence. After sketching the main outlines of his life, the author explores in greater detail his love affair with Suzanne Curchod, his religious development, and especially the misfortunes of his political life, matters which Gibbon did not elaborate upon in his Memoirs.The influence of the American Revolution on Gibbons interpretation of Romes decline is also emphasized- many people before Gibbon had written on the decline of Rome, and for his facts Gibbon was much indebted to the classical scholars of the seventeenth century, but he was not so deeply influenced by Voltaire and the French philosophes as is sometimes suggested.

Gibbon was a moralist as well as an historian, and in the end he came to believe that Rome fell because of her moral decline and her loss of freedom, virtue, and honour, thus making the decline of the Roman Empire a warning to the leaders of the British Empire of his day.



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