Turgot and the Six Edicts

Turgot and the Six Edicts

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Turgot and the Six Edicts

Turgot and the Six Edicts

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The bibliography appended to this work is intended to be a complete compilation of all the works of any consequence which relate directly to Turgot. There are some important omissions even in the comprehensive and classified bibliography compiled by Dr. Lipperts and published in the Handund Lehrbuch der Staatswissenschaften, I. Abteilung: Volkswirtschaftslehre, 2 Band., 1 Teil., 1902. The bibliographies appended to the relevant chapters in the Histoire Générale, while reasonably complete with regard to French writers, also omit some of the important works in German and English.

The list of references quoted in this monograph is a short one, for it has been my aim to make the fewest references consistent with the criticisms made and positions taken.

In issuing this monograph, my chief regret is my inability to impart to the wide circle of English readers the pleasure experienced in translating and interpreting the Six Edicts of Turgot which have not hitherto been translated into English. My study of history and teaching of the subject were partial and imperfect for lack of earlier knowledge of these documents which have so great significance in the events that led up to the French Revolution. Not having learned the French language at this earlier period, any comprehensive knowledge of Turgot's works was naturally out of the question. Believing heartily that history is the true Hilfswissenschaft to clearer knowledge and interpretation of ourselves and our times, I hope before long to contribute to historic insight and economic knowledge by translating all the important writings of this master mind in economics and in statesmanship. A wider critical and comparative estimate of his doctrines and his work than is possible here will then be in order.

EAST N. J. ORANGE, June, 1903. ROBERT P. SHEPHERD.

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