Necker and the revolution of 1789 /
Robert D. Harris.
Lanham : University Press of America, c1986.
ix, 805 p.
0819156027 (alk. paper) :
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Lanham : University Press of America, c1986.
0819156027 (alk. paper) :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 773-791.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-05:
Harris continues his rehabilitation of Jacques Necker, which began with his publication of Necker, Reform Statesman of the Ancien R;egime (CH, Jan '80). Although primarily concerned with Necker's political career, Harris has widened his scope in this volume. The first seven chapters are devoted to a detailed account of the various ministries between Necker's resignation in 1781 and his return to Louis XVI's government in 1788. Throughout the work, Harris points out how Necker was frequently misunderstood or maligned by his contemporaries, and how this situation has influenced generations of scholars. By trying to clarify the record, Harris challenges several renowned historians of the revolutionary period. Moreover, because his initial study received mixed reviews, he finds it necessary to reiterate and to reinforce his earlier positions. Harris proves again that he has mastered the complicated data involving French finances; however, his revisionist interpretation of Necker, like those of other figures of the era, will not be accepted without a struggle. A projected third volume with an overall assessment may well tip the scales. Unfortunately, only those with command of the period's historiography will find the motivation to digest this lengthy work. A better job of editing would have helped.-T.M. Keefe, Saint Joseph's University
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...a monument of erudite historical scholarship. It is required reading for any scholar interested in Necker's second ministry and in the immediate antecedents and first year of the French Revolution, topics on which the book throws new light.>>>>
Harris has written a careful, painstaking, and on the whole balanced portrait, resting on an exhaustive repertory of contemporary sources....Historians and students will be in his debt for the completion of this authoritative work.>>>>
An absorbingly interesting book, well researched and well written.>>>>
...this book is informative and rewarding.>>>>
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