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21. Alexis De Tocqueville's Journey
 
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22. Alexis de Tocqueville: Threats
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23. Recollections (Social Science
 
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24. Journeys to England and Ireland
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25. Individual Choice and the Structures
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26. Feminist Interpretations of Alexis
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27. Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life
 
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28. Selected Letters on Politics and
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30. Alexis De Tocqueville and Democracy
 
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32. Alexis de Tocqueville and American
 
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33. Alexis De Tocqueville and the
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35. The Strange Liberalism of Alexis
 
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36. A Fortnight in the Wilderness
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37. Alexis de Tocqueville and the
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38. Alexis de Tocqueville (Major Conservative
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21. Alexis De Tocqueville's Journey to Ireland
by Alexis de Tocqueville, Emmet J. Larkin
 Paperback: 157 Pages (1990-05)
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22. Alexis de Tocqueville: Threats to Freedom in Democracy
by Michael Hereth
 Hardcover: 207 Pages (1986-01-01)
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This first English translation of Alexis de Tocqueville shows the continuing relevance of Tocqueville's thought to the present.
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23. Recollections (Social Science Classics Series)
by Alexis de Tocqueville
Paperback: 333 Pages (1987-01-01)
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Tocqueville was not only an active participant in the French Revolution of 1848,he was also a deeply perceptive observer with a detached attitude of mind. Hesaw the pitfalls of the course his country was taking more clearly than any ofhis contemporaries, including Karl Marx. Recollections was fi rst written for selfclarification. It is both an exciting, candid, behind-the-scenes account of what actually happened during those tumultuous months and a remarkably shrewd analysis that has become an accurate forecast of future societies wrestling with the dilemma of synthesizing equality and freedom. Th us, the book has a relevance that extends beyond France, to our own country and others. Out of print in English for several years, Recollections is presented here in a translation based on the defi nitive French edition of 1964. It captures the wit and subtlety of mind that have made this book one of the most popular of all Tocqueville's works. Tocqueville's own comments,which he wrote into the manuscript, including his variants, are given, and the editors have added explanatory notes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tocqueville on revolution and the struggles of democracy
Tocqueville's recollections are more than a mere recounting of history ; they are an interpretation of revolution by one of the greatest thinkers of the nineteenth century. Tocqueville, in analyzing the events of the 1848 revolution in France, depicts vividly the causes of why a revolution which promised the fulfillment of 1789's "life liberty, and fraternity," led to the horror of massacre, and in doing so, investigates the very struggle inherent in the nature of the democratic struggle itself; the struggle between liberty and equality. Tocqueville's Recollections are an important read for any student of the democratic project. ... Read more


24. Journeys to England and Ireland
by Alexis de Tocqueville
 Paperback: 224 Pages (1987-01-01)
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25. Individual Choice and the Structures of History: Alexis de Tocqueville as Historian Reappraised
by Harvey Mitchell
Paperback: 308 Pages (2006-02-13)
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Alexis de Tocqueville is recognized as one of the most important nineteenth-century historians. In this perceptive study, Harvey Mitchell examines afresh Tocqueville's works, including the Souvenirs of 1848 and his voluminous correspondence, to shed new light on his philosophy of history. Tocqueville's concern with historical forces and individual choice emerge as central to his work. Professor Mitchell reveals in Tocqueville a unity of thought and a deep involvement with the philosophical questions raised by historical continuity and change. ... Read more


26. Feminist Interpretations of Alexis de Tocqueville (Re-Reading the Canon)
by Jill Locke, Eileen Hunt Botting
Paperback: 240 Pages (2009-01-01)
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This book moves beyond traditional readings of Alexis de Tocqueville (18051859) and his relevance to contemporary democracy by emphasizing the relationship of his life and work to modern feminist thought. Within the resurgence of political interest in Tocqueville during the past two decades, especially in the United States, there has been significant scholarly attention to the place of gender, race, and colonialism in his work. This is the first edited volume to gather together a range of this creative scholarship. It reveals a tidal shift in the reception history of Tocqueville as a result of his serious engagement by feminist, gender, postcolonial, and critical race theorists.

The volume highlights the expressly normative nature of Tocqueville's project, thus providing an overdue counterweight to the conventional understanding of Tocquevillean America as an actual place in time and history. By reading Tocqueville alongside the writings of early women's rights activists, ethnologists, critical race theorists, contemporary feminists, neoconservatives, and his French contemporaries, among others, this book produces a variety of Tocquevilles that unsettles the hegemonic view of his work.

Seen as a philosophical source and a political authority for modern democracies since the publication of the twin volumes of Democracy in America (1835/1840), Tocqueville emerges from this collection as a vital interlocutor for democratic theorists confronting the power relations generated by intersections of gender, sexual, racial, class, ethnic, national, and colonial identities.

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27. Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life
by Professor Hugh Brogan
Hardcover: 736 Pages (2007-03-28)
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Alexis de Tocqueville was one of the greatest political thinkers of all time. Born a French aristocrat, he lost nearly his entire family in the Reign of Terror, and he spent most of his adult life struggling for liberty under the unsuccessful regimes of nineteenth-century France. 

At age twenty-five he travelled to America and encountered democracy for the first time. This firsthand experience contributed to his incisive writing on liberty and democracy. The ancien régime launched the scholarly study of the French Revolution, and Democracy in America remains the best book ever written by a European about the United States. This is a brilliant account of his life.
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4-0 out of 5 stars He Still Matters
I read "Democracy in America" when I was in college and wrote a paper looking at how the issues Tocqueville discussed in the 1830s played out in 1980s America.My conclusion was that many of his insights still had amazing relevance and yet his over-arching analysis of how America functioned as a democracy was pretty weak.He didn't understand the Presidency and Congress and completely neglected the role of political parties.However, his thoughts about American character; the striving for material success, the triumph of mediocrity, our refreshing practicality, the tyranny of majority and most amazingly how America and Russia would one day become polar opposite but competing superpowers were still all wonderfully relevant to modern American life.

Hugh Brogan's book similarly points out the strength and weaknesses of Tocqueville's work so I feel vindicated in my youthful analysis. As a biographer, he is terrific.He has studied Tocqueville for much of his 40 years as a historian but waited to complete this work until he could access much of the Tocqueville archives that had been off-limits until recently.I felt he got inside Tocqueville, revealing his character, his times and feelings with amazing power.He also gave a sense of his many close relationships. I knew how he felt towards his tutor, his parents, best friends and wife.Sadly, he also gives a harrowing description of Tocqueville's last years of illness and the man's relationship to his sickness which was both complex and naive.

I thought he was less successful in helping me understand Tocqueville's intellectual process.He talks about him being insightful but doesn't detail how those insights came about.I also think he could have put Tocqueville's work into intellectual historical context; how did he compare to other great thinkers of his era? What accounts for his ongoing influence when many others have faded away, have become important as indicative of their age or how they changed the way people thought about issues but aren't worth consulting for how we should think about our world today.That quality is what make Tocqueville so special.

I have one other quibble.There is no discussion of why he and his wife didn't have children.Was it because of infertility?Choice?How did they feel about this? I have to believe that during this period and in the aristocratic class, not having children would be a big deal.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Biography; 4.5 Stars
This very enjoyable book is an excellent study of the very interesting French writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville.Known best for his analysis of contemporary America, de Tocqueville is a notable figure in the history of political thought and a key source for the history of 19th century America.Brogan's Tocqueville is an essentially conservative figure.The descendent of relatively liberal aristocrats under the Ancien Regime, a number of whom were executed during the Terror, Tocqueville grew up in a legitimist household that detested the Bonapartist state and feared the radicalism that led to the Terror.Tocqueville, however, was too intelligent and preceptive to be a dogmatic Throne and Altar conservative.Following his famous trip to the USA in the early 1830s, he published Democracy in America, a case study in how a liberal society dedicated to political equality, property rights, and respect for law could produce lasting stability.Brogan points out well that Democracy in America, while about American democracy, was inspired by concerns about the role of democracy in France.At the same time, while Democracy affirmed a liberal vision, Brogan is careful to point out that it was a somewhat conservative version of liberalism and that Tocqueville did not really understand important aspects of American democracy.He didn't really understand the role of Congress and appears to have been completely clueless about the crucial role of the party system in providing stability.
Tocqueville's failure to understand crucial aspects of the American democratic system would prove to be hindrance in Tocqueville's political career.Brogan devotes much of the book to a thoughtful description of Tocqueville the politician.More than anything else, his political career shows his essential conservatism.At times, his fear of unrest led him to support distinctly illiberal policies.Like many of his contemporaries, Tocqueville doesn't seem to understand the changes being brought about by the industrialization of Europe and to his last days, he had a fear of urban unrest and the nascent working class.
Brogan shows very well that his last great work, the very interesting Ancien Regime and the French Revolution, should be interpreted in good measure as a critique of the Second Empire.Tocqueville's contemporary preoccupations clearly influenced the themes of his last major work.
Tocqueville is often compared with Montesquieu and this is quite apt.Its clear from Brogan's account that Tocqueville's version of liberalism and democracy was one in the tradition of classical 18th century republicanism.He would definitely have preferred a society with democratic elements but also with institutions that allowed a powerful voice for a principled elite.This vision, shared by people like John Adams and even James Madison in his early constitutional proposals, essentially evaporated in the early years of the American democracy.Tocqueville was pursuing something that had really become anachronistic in his own time.
Brogan writes affectionately but objectively about Tocqueville.This book is written very well with a nice combination of the primary narrative and enough background information to be informative but not over power the narrative.

5-0 out of 5 stars de Tocqueville from A to Z
He seems the unlikeliest person to write an incisive study of American democracy: a rather spoiled son of a French aristocrat of the ancien regime, and one who suffered from a sense of futility in his own life.But the amazing truth is the Alexis de Tocqueville was exactly the best qualified man to do exactly that.Scholarly, intelligent, a precise writer, de Tocqueville was the one to write an immortal study of American life that would become in time a classic. Best of all, he wrote his work not in his study, but after an intense journey through America itself in the early 1830s.
Hugh Brogan's biography is an excellent study of this young author, and probably the very best modern biography.He uses de Tocquevilles' letters and other contemporary writings to illuminate the life and thought of the young aristocrat.And aristocrat he was, his father having stoutly stood by the French crown through its many vicissitudes (and nearly executed by the Jacobins for this).Young Alexis himself clung to the aristocracy until the turbulent days of the July Monarchy, when the Bourbons were unseated by the Orleanists.After this, the young writer lost much of his loyalty to the crown.
Brogan's book is well written, and covers the political scene in France during de Tocqueville's time quite thoroughly.It is simply a book not to be missed about the world of this very talented young man, who proved to be so influential in studies about America and democracy in general.

4-0 out of 5 stars The roots of American history
Hugh Brogan brings to light on of the most careful and subtle minds ever to ponder the origin and meanings of democracy in American history, the fall of the Ancien Regime, and the the basis for much of what passes for modern political thought.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite all-time biographies!!
Every line is almost poetic in this beautifully written biography of de Tocqueville. Gorgeous imagery and flowing language--Alexis comes to life as though he lived only 10 years ago rather than many decades ago! Wonderful book!! ... Read more


28. Selected Letters on Politics and Society
by Alexis de Tocqueville
 Paperback: 431 Pages (1986-01-16)
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Correspondence by the eminent nineteenth-century French historian documents his polical views, his careers as a writer and politician, and his complex personality. ... Read more


29. Alexis De Tocqueville (Twayne's World Authors Series)
by Matthew Mancini
Library Binding: 163 Pages (1993-12)
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30. Alexis De Tocqueville and Democracy in America (Bradley Lecture Series Publication)
by Michael G. Kammen
 Paperback: 64 Pages (1998-06)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Astute Observer of America
Alexis De Tocqueville was simply of one of the great social scientists writing about America and Democracy.From reading the book I deduced that Tocqueville was a social scientist before Marx!He compared European culture and government with the fledgling culture and democracy he observed in America.He was very much impressed with what he saw taking place in America in the 1830's and hoped it would spread to Europe.At first he believed that America's prosperity was simply due to geography and its distance from powerful neighbors, he abandoned this idea after his visit to America.He came to realize that the West was not being peopled "by new European immigrants to America, but by Americans who he believed had little adversity to taking risks."Tocqueville found that Americans were the most broadly educated and politically advanced people in the world and one of the reasons for the success of our form of government.He also foretold America's industrial preeminence and strength through the unfettered spread of ideas and human industry.

Tocqueville also saw the insidious damage that the institution of slavery was causing the country and predicted some 30 years before the Civil War that slavery would probable cause the states to fragment from the union.He also predicted the emergence of stronger states rights over the power of the federal government.He held fast to his belief that the greatest danger to democracy was the trend toward the concentration of power by the federal government.He predicted wrongly that the union would probably break up into two or three countries because of regional interests and differences.This idea is the only one about America that he gets wrong.Despite some of his misgivings, Tocqueville, saw that democracy is an "inescapable development" of the modern world.The arguments in the "Federalist Papers" were greater then most people realized.He saw a social revolution coming that continues throughout the world today.

Tocqueville realizes at the very beginning of the "industrial revolution" how industry, centralization, and democracy strengthened each other and moved forward together.I am convinced that Tocqueville is still the preeminent observer of America but is also the father of social science.A must read for anyone interested in American history, political philosophy or the social sciences.
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31. C-SPAN's Traveling Tocqueville's America: Retracing the 17-state tour that inspired Alexis de Tocqueville's poltical classic Democracy in America
by Anne Bentzel
 Hardcover: 208 Pages (1998-06-16)
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Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont's travels in America in 1831-32 have recently become the subject of renewed interest, as a C-SPAN special program has retraced the Frenchmen's journey by broadcasting each week from a different city along the route. Now the Tocqueville rediscovery continues with the publication of this unique guidebook. Comprised of fifty-five brief chapters covering each of the places Tocqueville visited, the book allows the reader to hear Tocqueville's words while following in his footsteps.

Each chapter includes a brief description of the city or town, an excerpt from what Tocqueville wrote about it, what he and Beaumont did there, and what sights can still be seen today. Also included are information on population and major industries, telephone numbers and web addresses for local historical societies and visitors' bureaus, and comparisons of the town as it is today with the way it was in Tocqueville's time. Replete with colorful anecdotes and fascinating detail and supplemented by one hundred illustrations--many of them Beaumont's original sketches--the book offers a unique blend of past and present, of practical tourist tips and thought-provoking historical insights.

The chapter on Newport, Rhode Island, for example, begins with the story of Tocqueville and Beaumont's arrival from Europe, half-starved and thirsty after a thirty-seven-day ocean voyage on which the ship's captain had badly mismanaged rations. (The inn where the apologetic captain treated them to dinner is still standing.) Among the Frenchmen's first impressions: Americans were "entirely commercial"--a conclusion based on the small town's extraordinary number of banks (five by Beaumont's count, among them the Citizens Bank, still open today). Newport, we learn, is also home to America's first synagogue, an enduring symbol of Rhode Island's unique beginning as a place of religious tolerance, and the nation's oldest library. Also explained is the origin of the pineapple as a symbol of hospitality (Newport sailors set them outside their front door to show their neighbors they had returned from the Indies and had fruit to share). The entry concludes with directions, suggestions on where to stay, and tips on tours by foot, car, or boat.

An invaluable guide to a journey of national self-discovery, In the Footsteps of Tocqueville is the perfect companion for armchair traveler and tourist alike.

From the entry on Ossining, New York:

"The Frenchmen relished the town's natural beauty. Ossining's views of the Hudson are spectacular and Beaumont captured them in his sketch book. (For a panorama of the river, go to Louis Engle Park at the foot of Sing Sing on Westerly Road.) At 7 p.m. each evening the duo went swimming in the river. Later, they socialized with the locals. (Beaumont complained that he heard a plethora of painful musical recitals by women in town.) But the people of Ossining were impressed with the two young men. The Westchester Herald described them as 'gentlemen of engaging manners, of first rate talents.' The house where they boarded still stands (34 State Street). Now a wood-working company, the house has gained additions and lost levels since 1831. It is made of Sing Sing marble, which is actually a pale limestone that was quarried by prison inmates... "

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32. Alexis de Tocqueville and American Intellectuals: From His Times to Ours (American Intellectual Culture)
by Matthew Mancini
Hardcover: 280 Pages (2005-12-15)
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Comprehensive in its chronology, the works it discusses, and the commentators it critically examines, Alexis de Tocqueville and American Intellectuals tells the surprising story of Tocqueville's reception in American thought and culture from the time of his 1831 visit to the United States to the turn of the twenty-first century. ... Read more


33. Alexis De Tocqueville and the American National Identity: The Reception of De LA Democratie En Amerique in the United States in the Nineteenth Centu (Comparative Studies Series)
by S. Karin Amos
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34. Alexis de Tocqueville and the Second Republic, 1848-1852: A Study in Political Practice and Principles
by Sharon B. Watkins
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Drawing upon a variety of primary sources, this work scrutinizes Tocqueville's actual political action in 1848-1852 and suggests his famous Souvenirs (Recollections) reflect second thoughts more than deeds. As a pragmatic strategist operating from a small left-center faction, Tocqueville attempted to construct a future France uniting political liberty (including universal manhood suffrage) with social stability. The book details Tocqueville's contribution to the new constitution and concludes he deliberately strengthened the executive branch to counterbalance the strong unicameral legislature. While opposed to socialism, he advocated major advances in public education and government assistance to the poor. The work explores his relationship with Louis NapolZon Bonaparte. Tocqueville cultivated friendship with President Bonaparte, whom he hoped to utilize for his own political purposes. Tocqueville eagerly became Lois NapolZon's Foreign Minister and shared his desire for liberalizing the Papal government of Rome while suppressing domestic radicalism. As President Bonaparte approached the end of his constitutionally allowable term, Tocqueville advocated amendment of the constitution (unsuccessfully) and an illegal election to allow Louis NapolZon to retain power. He considered this the best option for preserving order and some liberty. However, he opposed Presidential use of military force and protested the coup of December 2, 1851. Ultimately Tocqueville blamed extremists, both socialists and reactionaries, for the destruction of the moderate republic he had labored to found. ... Read more


35. The Strange Liberalism of Alexis De Tocqueville
by Roger Boesche
 Hardcover: 288 Pages (1987-04)
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36. A Fortnight in the Wilderness
by Alexis de Tocqueville
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37. Alexis de Tocqueville and the New Science of Politics: An Interpretation of Democracy in America
by John C. Koritansky
Hardcover: 218 Pages (2009-10-15)
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Over the last two decades there appears to have been a reawakening of interest in the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville, and in particular his great work, Democracy in America. Several new and significant commentaries have drawn proper attention to Tocqueville's trenchant observations and sober and prudent recommendations. Most significantly, Tocqueville is now widely recognized as presenting the most penetrating insights concerning the psychology of the egalitarian majority and of the democratic individual. For this reason especially, Tocqueville is of vital interest to a sort of thinker who, following in James Madison's furrow, seeks to understand and respond to the danger of tyranny of the majority. Still, one might wonder whether such an appreciation of Tocqueville does full justice to what he means when he describes his intention for his book as presenting ''a new political science. . .for a world itself quite new.'' It's an aggressive statement. Does Tocqueville mean that what he writes has the scope, the comprehensive rationality, that would rival and even displace Montesquieu, whose political science does not yet belong to the ''world . . .quite new?'' Koritansky's interpretation of Democracy in America is guided by an affirmative response to this question. More substantively, the interpretation seeks to demonstrate that Tocqueville's ''science'' rests squarely on the political philosophy of Rousseau. What Tocqueville explains about America is the operation of the ''general will.'' The present volume is a new edition of Koritansky's book, first published in 1986 in which Koritansky seeks to demonstrate Tocqueville Rouseauism by way of a chapter by chapter commentary on Democracy in America. It contains a new addendum that more fully elaborates what Koritansky shows to be the fundamental core of the political science that Tocqueville and Rousseau share, namely the civil religion. Religion in Tocqueville's America is, for the most part, the spiritual consciousness of the general will. The problematical character of this religion emerges as the broadest and most vexing challenge to modern statesmanship in our world. ... Read more


38. Alexis de Tocqueville (Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers)
by Alan S. Kahan
Hardcover: 168 Pages (2009-11-19)
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This title is an important addition to the "MCLT" series. This volume includes an intellectual biography, historical context, critical exposition of Alexis de Tocqueville's work, reception and influence, contemporary relevance, bibliography including references to electronic resources and an index. "Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers" provides comprehensive accounts of the works of seminal conservative thinkers from a variety of periods, disciplines and traditions - the first series of its kind. Even the selection of thinkers adds another aspect to conservative thinking, including not only theorists but also thinkers in literary forms and those who are also practitioners. The series is comprised of twenty volumes. ... Read more


39. America after Tocqueville: Democracy against Difference
by Harvey Mitchell
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2002-09-16)
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Mitchell's new study uses Tocqueville's Democracy in America to study the condition of democracy in the United States in our own time.First, he addresses tensions in the United States between ideas of equality and the American political system. He then turns to the relationship between this system and American capitalism, and analyzes inclusion and exclusion in American life. Finally, he asks whether Americans have surrendered to what Tocqueville called the materialization of life, and have abandoned their original quest and become radically alienated from politics. ... Read more


40. Dilemmas of Democracy: Tocqueville and Modernization
by Seymour Drescher
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Alexis de Tocqueville has been extensively chronicled as a pioneer sociologist and political philosopher of democracy during the early nineteenth century. However, his writings on the problems of social and economic transitions to an industrial society have been largely overlooked. In this book, Seymour Drescher presents a thorough analysis of Tocqueville's concern for the lower classes of society, viewing his thoughts on slavery, poverty, criminality, and working class conditions, and their place in an evolving egalitarian society.
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