To this act Great Britain replied by various penal regulations and reconstructive acts of government.
The reconstructive work necessary after the ravages of the war was enormous.
This is only one of many cases where the investigations of the archaeologist have proved not iconoclastic but reconstructive, tending to restore confidence in classical traditions which the scientific historians of the age of Niebuhr and George Cornewall Lewis regarded with scepticism.
We have seen that the general trend of Oriental archaeology has been reconstructive rather than iconoclastic. Equally true Archae- is this of recent classical archaeology.
The Revolution, according to him, meant the sweeping away of effete beliefs and institutions, but implied also the necessity of a reconstructive process.
But with the receptivity of a great eclectic he combined the reconstructive power of a profoundly original thinker.