Much has been written, and even more said privately, about the plight of the American student of European history: the unpublished sources of European archives are far away; for financial, professional, or family reasons, frequent trips to Europe are not easy to arrange; and adjustment to local conditions, from the peculiarities of archival catalogues to the vagaries of European administration, can consume a large part of an academic year abroad.1


Eighteenth Century Social History French Revolution European Archive Frequent Trip 
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