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    ABSTRACTThe Desert and the City and Rational Enthusiasm are experiments in comparative historiography, based on no more evidence than is necessary in order to carry out the comparison, since to pursue either text into its historical context would be to pursue its intended meaning and no longer to compare it with the other. The essays aim to imagine an eighteenth-century judgement on a fourteenth-century text, intended not to support such a judgement, but to imagine what Gibbon would have said of…Read more
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    Must We Divide History into Periods? by Jacques Le Goff
    Common Knowledge 24 (2): 331-331. 2018.
  • The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding
    Common Knowledge 22 (3): 503-505. 2016.
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    Chinese historicity
    Common Knowledge 22 (2): 327-330. 2016.
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    ABSTRACTJohn Pocock gave “A method, a model and Machiavelli” as a talk at Princeton University in 1968. What happened to the text afterwards is uncertain, but it remained in the papers of Professor Donald Weinstein until his death in 2015, when it was identified by his widow Beverly Parker as being of importance. The text is especially revealing about Pocock’s attitudes to the history of ideas/intellectual history in the late 1960s and more especially the state of the grand project that became T…Read more
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    Gibbon’s second trilogy: an introductory survey
    History of European Ideas 43 (7): 701-731. 2017.
    ABSTRACTThis essay is speculative in character. It is the work of a historian who has completed a study, written on certain principles, of the first three volumes of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and does not intend to advance to a similar study of the second three. He does, however, believe that such a study would differ profoundly from that he has constructed of the first trilogy and wishes to offer hypotheses as to why this should be so. All hypotheses invite falsification, an…Read more
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    Historiography and enlightenment: A view of their history: J. G. A. Pocock
    Modern Intellectual History 5 (1): 83-96. 2008.
    This essay is written on the following premises and argues for them. “Enlightenment” is a word or signifier, and not a single or unifiable phenomenon which it consistently signifies. There is no single or unifiable phenomenon describable as “the Enlightenment,” but it is the definite article rather than the noun which is to be avoided. In studying the intellectual history of the late seventeenth century and the eighteenth, we encounter a variety of statements made, and assumptions proposed, to w…Read more
  • Barbarism and Religion 2 Volume Paperback Set
    Cambridge University Press. 1999.
    Barbarism and Religion - Edward Gibbon's own phrase - is the title of an acclaimed sequence of works by John Pocock designed to situate Gibbon, and his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, in a series of contexts in the history of eighteenth-century Europe. This is a major intervention from one of the world's leading historians of ideas, challenging the idea of 'The Enlightenment' and positing instead a plurality of enlightenments, of which the English was one. Professor Pocock argues that the …Read more
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    Response and Commentary
    Journal of the History of Ideas 77 (1): 157-171. 2016.
  • Book Review (review)
    History of Political Thought 28 (4): 747-751. 2007.
    The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought, ed. Mark Goldie and Robert Wokler , xvi + 919 pp., £110.00, ISBN0 521 314227
  • Barbarism and Religion
    Political Theory 31 (2): 302-314. 2003.
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    Gibbon and the invention of Gibbon: Chapters 15 and 16 reconsidered
    History of European Ideas 35 (2): 209-216. 2009.
    Before Edward Gibbon began his history of the Christian empire, he ended the first volume of the “Decline and Fall” with two chapters on the rise of Christianity before Constantine. These were believed to deny or ignore its character as revelation. It was also pointed out that this purpose was irrelevant to the history he had set out to write. The church historians he read focussed on the interactions between the Christian gospel and Hellenic philosophy. Gibbon, however, chose to emphasize the C…Read more
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    As part of a programme of disintegrating and re-assembling the concept or concepts of ‘Europe’, there is offered a revision of Franco Venturi's exceptionalist account of England's place in Enlightenment, an alternative to Isaiah Berlin's account of the movement through Enlightenment to historicism. The objective is to enhance the British and English role in European intellectual history, while showing that we must rewrite the concept of ‘Europe’ in order to do so. There persists the ‘Eurosceptic…Read more
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    Atlantic History: Concept and Contours
    Common Knowledge 12 (3): 524-524. 2006.
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    1688: The First Modern Revolution
    Common Knowledge 17 (1): 186-189. 2011.
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    Historiography as a form of political thought
    History of European Ideas 37 (1): 1-6. 2011.
    This article seeks to combine two lines of thought that have been little studied: a model history of early modern historiography, and a theory of the impact of historiography on a political society. Under the former heading, it traces the growth of a narrative of European history as a series of sequels to the Roman empire, and a history of historiography as passing from classical narrative to antiquarian study and Enlightened philosophy. Under the latter, it considers the effect on political lif…Read more