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'Barbarism and faith' - Edward Gibbon's personal word - is the identify of a series of works through John Pocock designed to situate Gibbon, and his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, in a chain of contexts within the heritage of eighteenth-century Europe. within the fourth quantity within the series, first released in 2005, Pocock argues that barbarism was once vital to the background of western historiography, to the historical past of the Enlightenment, and to Edward Gibbon himself. As an idea it used to be deeply challenging to Enlightened historians trying to comprehend their very own civilised societies within the mild of publicity to newly came across civilisations which have been, until eventually then, past the achieve of historical past itself.

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