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The Fall Of The Roman Empire In The Eighteenth And Nineteenth Centurie

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This chapter explores a handful of the writers who tackled some of the same subject matter, although few covered anything like as extensive a panorama in the same detail. In doing so, it draw attention to some arguments that have been neglected in recent historiography. While Gibbon?s position as an Enlightenment thinker is unquestionable, his immediate impact on the study of the Fall of the Empire?except with regard to the role of Christianity?was less significant than might be assumed. This is in part because of the number of important writers who preceded him, and also because many of the major scholars who came after him paid less regard to what he had to say than one might have expected.

Keywords: eighteenth century; Gibbon; nineteenth century; Roman Empire



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