Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life

Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life

by Hugh Brogan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300136250

ISBN-13: 9780300136258

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300136258
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Maps     ix
Young Tocqueville
Noblesse     1
Royalists     19
A Sentimental Education     37
First Flight     63
Pupillage     76
July     102
Upheaval     128
A Voyage Out     148
A Republic Observed     179
Writing Prisons     214
Between Books     235
Writing America     253
Fame     283
Into Politics     312
Writing Democracy     340
Deputy     375
February     407
June     430
Retrospection     465
December     502
Writing History     525
Writing Revolution     556
Retreating     585
Cannes     619
Epilogue     640
Notes     645
Bibliography
Abbreviations     686
Primary sources     686
Other printed works     688
List of illustrations     692
Acknowledgements     693
Index     697

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