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Tocqueville

Democracy in America - A New Translation by Arthur Goldhammer

Tocqueville( )
Author: de Tocqueville, Alexis
Translator: Goldhammer, Arthur
Foreword by: Zunz, Olivier
ISBN:978-1-931082-54-9
Publication Date:Feb 2004
Publisher:Library of America, The
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $37.50
Book Description:

Alexis de Tocqueville, a young aristocratic French lawyer, came to the United States in 1831 to study its penitentiary systems. His nine-month visit and subsequent reading and reflection resulted in Democracy in America (1835-40), a landmark masterpiece of political observation and analysis. Tocqueville vividly describes the unprecedented social equality he found in America and explores its implications for European society in the emerging modern era. His book provides...
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Book Details
Pages:928
Detailed Subjects: Political Science / American Government / General
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Democracy
Social Science / Sociology / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.25 x 8.16 x 1.18 Inches
Book Weight:1.35 Pounds
Author Biography
de Tocqueville, Alexis (Author)
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.

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