Tocqueville Reader A Life in Letters and Politics

ISBN-10: 0631215468

ISBN-13: 9780631215462

Edition: 2002

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Description: Alexis de Tocqueville was a social scientist and one of the most influential political thinkers of the 19th century. This reader includes his major writings, travel letters, conversations with ministers and politicians, and private correspondence.

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List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Olivier Zunz is the Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of "Why the American Century?", "Making America Corporate", and "The Changing Face of Inequality".

French writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Verneuil to an aristocratic Norman family. He entered the bar in 1825 and became an assistant magistrate at Versailles. In 1831, he was sent to the United States to report on the prison system. This journey produced a book called On the Penitentiary System in the United States (1833), as well as a much more significant work called Democracy in America (1835--40), a treatise on American society and its political system. Active in French politics, Tocqueville also wrote Old Regime and the Revolution (1856), in which he argued that the Revolution of 1848 did not constitute a break with the past but merely accelerated a trend toward greater centralization of government. Tocqueville was an observant Catholic, and this has been cited as a reason why many of his insights, rather than being confined to a particular time and place, reach beyond to see a universality in all people everywhere.

Alan S. Kahan is an associate professor in the history department at Florida International University and the author of Aristocratic Liberalism and Liberalism in Nineteeth-Century Europe.

Introduction
Chronology
The Discovery of Democracy in America:.Preliminary Note.Illustration: Map of the American Voyage
Travel Letters: First Impressions of America and Important Sketches of Democracy in America, 1831
Excerpts from American Notebooks: Tocqueville's Conversations with His American Informants; Travel Impressions on the Road
Volume One of Democracy in America, 1835
Great Britain, France, and the United States:.Preliminary Note
Discovery of England, Poverty, Pauperism, and Social Policy, 1835-1837
Ambitions, Marriage, and Tocqueville's Views of His Own Brand of Liberalism, 1833-1840
Volume Two of Democracy in America
The Years in Politics:.Preliminary Note
Tocqueville's Political Philosophy
Tocqueville the Colonialist
Tocqueville in 1848
Tocqueville Retires from Political Life and Returns to Writing
The Return to The Old Regime and the Revolution:.Preliminary Note
The Old Regime and the Revolution Volume One
The Old Regime and the Revolution Volume Two
Last days.Suggestions for Further Reading
Note on Sources and Translations
About the Editors
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