书名: Barbarism and Religion, Vol. 2: Narratives of Civil Government
作者: J. G. A. Pocock (Author)
出版社: Cambridge University Press (April 2, 2001)
The second volume of Barbarism and Religion explores the historiography of Enlightenment, and looks at Gibbon’s intellectual relationship with writers sucah as Giannone, Voltaire, Hume, Robertson, Ferguson and Adam Smith. Edward Gibbon’s intellectual trajectory is both similar but at points crucially distinct from the dominant Latin “Enlightened narrative” these thinkers developed. The interaction of philosophy, erudition and narrative is central to enlightened historiography, and John Pocock again shows how the Decline and Fall is both akin to but distinct from the historiographical context within which Gibbon wrote his great work.
‘Pocock manages to place Gibbon within these larger cosmopolitan movements without diminishing the historian’s extraordinary accomplishment.’ – Tim Breen, New York Times Review of Books
‘Pocock the historian of political thought has not been altogether useless to Pocock the historian of Gibbon’s Roman Empire.’ – Peter Burke, European Legacy
‘… the grandeur of Pocock’s conception amazes, but it is often the asides and apercus that linger longest in the mind.’ – David Armitage, Lingua Franca
‘Thus we come back to the English Protestant Enlightenment and the point from which John Pocock set out on his magnificent tour de force.’ –Nicholas Tyacke, The Times Literary Supplement