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Gibbon: Making History by Roy Porter
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This is neither a full-length biography nor a specialist monograph, but a study of Gibbon the historian: a product of his own time and an enduring voice in our own. Gibbon's "History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is one of the most distinguished and best-known works of history in the English language, but how did Gibbon come to write it? This work explores the magical connotations of Rome and its Empire for the civilization of the Enlightenment and gives an account of Gibbon's own very odd childhood and adolescence which turned him into a solitary scholar, with deeply-held views about religion and political power. The book examines the special and controversial qualities of Gibbon as historian, showing the man and the history as intertwined.
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September 4th, 1995
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
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