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EDINBURGH REVIEW,

OCTOBER, 1842.

No. CLIII.

ART. I.-History of Europe, from the Commencement of the French

Revolution in 1789, to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815. By ARCHIBALD Alison, Esq., F.R.S.E., Advocate. 10 vols. 8vo. Edinburgh and London : 1839-1842.

There is much in Mr Alison's History of the French Revo

lution against which we intend to record our decided protest; and there are some parts of it which we shall feel compelled to notice with strong disapprobation. We therefore hasten to preface our less favourable remarks by freely acknowledging that the present work is, upon the whole, a valuable addition to European literature, that it is evidently compiled with the utmost care, and that its narration, so far as we can judge, is not perverted by the slightest partiality.

A complete history, by an English author, of all the great events which took place in Europe from 1789 to 1815, has long been a desideratum ; and whatever may be the imperfections of Mr Alison's work, we cannot say that it does not supply the vacancy. Its defects, or what we deem such, are matter partly of taste, and partly of political opinion. Some readers may consider them as beauties—many will overlook them; and even the most fastidious must acknowledge that they are not such as materially to interfere with the great plan of the work. Its merits

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