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Title: Edward Gibbon and Francis Haverfield: The Traditions of Imperial Decline
Authors: Rogers, Adam
Hingley, R.
First Published: 9-Sep-2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Rogers, A;Hingley, R, Edward Gibbon and Francis Haverfield: The Traditions of Imperial Decline, ed. Mark Bradley, 'Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire', Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 189-209
Abstract: This chapter examines the intellectual context of Edward Gibbon's monumental and highly influential work The decline and fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88) and its role in the complex history and genealogy of imperialism. It also addresses the impact of the notion of ‘decline’ both on Gibbon's contemporaries and on later writers, thinkers, and politicians in Britain during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when imperialism and the idea of British imperial decline had become major topics for discussion and debate. As a historical work, The decline and fall particularly influenced the writings of the prominent Oxford ancient historian Francis Haverfield (1860–1919), whose publications absorbed many contemporary attitudes about imperialism. Haverfield's work, in turn, influenced the development of the discipline of Roman archaeology for decades to come, especially concerning the themes of cultural superiority and decline.
DOI Link: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584727.003.0008
ISBN: 978-0199584727
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © Oxford University Press, 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material was originally published in 'Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire' edited by Bradley M, and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press ; For permission to reuse this material, please visit . Deposited in accordance with the Publisher's self-archiving policy, available at
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