Book revieWs k aPLan Steven L., 2015, The Stakes of Regulation: Perspectives on Bread, Politics and Political Economy Forty Years Later, London and New York, Anthem Press, 468 p. Steven L. Kaplan is one of the most important historians of his generation. His research on eighteenth-century and contemporary France is characterized by great thematic unity, as nearly all of his many publications are on the same two subjects: trading in grain and derived products (bread), and the world of work and corporations. In this book, a companion to the second edition of his celebrated 1976 work, Bread, Politics and Political Economy, he explains the genesis of that book and his initial aims in writing it and engages in a kind of a retrospective historiographical assessment. Reading his introduction to The Stakes of Regulation, we readily perceive its originality; it does not fit into any existing category. Though Kaplan describes his intellectual sources in detail as well as particular moments in the development of his thinking, this is in no way an ego-histoire. Nor has he merely actualized Bread, Politics and Political Economy. The book is rather a highly personal discussion of seven subjects that he says were at
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