The Influence of Switzerland on the Life and Writings of Edward Gibbon - Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2002:03 (Hardback)Brian Norman (author)
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Brian Norman shows that the liberalism of Gibbon's political philosophy in his criticism of Lausanne's subjection to the aristocratic rule of Berne surprised the patriots of the new canton of Vaud when his Letter on the Government of Berne, which is here established as a youthful work of the late 1750s, was posthumously published at the end of the eighteenth century.
The author then proceeds to examine Gibbon's other early writings relating to Switzerland, his letters and journals, The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire and his Memoirs in order to show the abiding effect of the society, language, history, constitution and military organisation of Switzerland on his beliefs and assumptions.
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 202
Weight: 385 g
Dimensions: 239 x 163 mm
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