All historians of hungary would agree that the eighteenth century, the gateway to modern Hungary, was pivotal in Hungarian history. Yet, like some great mountain, those who climb to its peak approach from various angles, each of which affords a different vista. Historians who undertake this task also have different views and perspectives rooted in their own experience. This fact inspired the famous American historian C. Vann Woodward to speak of the “present requiring more never-completed revisions.”1 Revisions are the life-blood likely to refresh the knowledge of any period. However, revisions are not necessarily always correct, especially when an excess of enthusiasm and a dearth of perspective lead their authors to disparage or debunk, rather than to enlighten.