The Tocqueville Reader: A Life in Letters and Politics

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The Tocqueville Reader includes not only Tocqueville's major writing but also travel letters, conversations with ministers and politicians, and diary entries not originally intended for the public. It includes twenty-nine pieces never before translated into English, and a wide-ranging editorial introduction that gives an account of Tocqueville's life as a politician and inspirations as a writer.

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Overview

The Tocqueville Reader includes not only Tocqueville's major writing but also travel letters, conversations with ministers and politicians, and diary entries not originally intended for the public. It includes twenty-nine pieces never before translated into English, and a wide-ranging editorial introduction that gives an account of Tocqueville's life as a politician and inspirations as a writer.

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“This fine volume should become the standard source of Tocqueville's writings in the Anglophone world. Now that ideologues are trying to highjack Tocqueville for their own partisan purposes, it is particularly valuable to have this splendid collection that reflects the depth of Tocqueville's insights into democracy, liberty, and the delicate balance between them on both sides of the Atlantic. By including the best of Tocqueville's work on a wide range of topics and providing lucid commentary, Zunz and Kahan offer readers an accurate, historically grounded understanding of one of the 19th century's most brilliant thinkers.” James T. Kloppenberg, Harvard University

“A collection like this has been needed for a long time. It is accessible, broad-ranging, ably translated and superbly edited. Anyone who appreciates the genius of this greatest of French political writers will find it both a handy reference, and a source of delightful surprises.” David A. Bell, The Johns Hopkins University

"Highly Recommended. General readers, and lower-division undergraduates and above." P.Coby, Smith College

"The Tocqueville Reader... is a splendid selection from Tocqueville's works that reflects the originality and depth of his ideas on democracy, liberty and modern society" Aurelian Craiutu, Indiana University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631215455
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Olivier Zunz is Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia and president of the Tocqueville Society. He is the author of The Changing Face of Inequality (1982), Making America Corporate (1990), and Why the American Century? (1998). He is also the editor of Reliving the Past (1985), and co-editor of The Landscape of Modernity (1992) and Social Contracts under Stress (2002).

Alan S. Kahan is Associate Professor of History at Florida International University. He is the author of Aristocratic Liberalism, The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill, and Alexis de Tocqueville (1992, 2001), and the translator of Tocqueville's The Old Regime and the Revolution (vol. 1: 1998, vol. 2: 2001).

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Table of Contents

Note on Sources and Translations
Introduction 1
Chronology of Alexis de Tocqueville's Life and Some of the Principal Events which Affected it 33
Pt. I The Discovery of Democracy in America
Preliminary Note 37
Map of the American Voyage 39
1 Travel Letters: First Impressions of America and Important Sketches of Democracy in America, 1831 40
2 Excerpts from American Notebooks: Tocqueville's Conversations with his American Informants; Travel Impressions on the Road 51
3 Volume One of Democracy in America, 1835 64
Pt. II Great Britain, France, and the United States
Preliminary Note 141
4 Discovery of England, Poverty, Pauperism, and Social Policy, 1835-1837 142
5 Ambitions, Marriage, and Tocqueville's Views of his Own Brand of Liberalism, 1833-1840 151
6 Volume Two of Democracy in America, 1840 161
Pt. III The Years in Politics
Preliminary Note 217
7 Tocqueville's Political Philosophy 218
8 Tocqueville the Colonialist 227
9 Tocqueville in 1848 232
10 Tocqueville Retires from Political Life and Returns to Writing 255
Pt. IV The Return to The Old Regime and the Revolution
Preliminary Note 277
11 the Old Regime and the Revolution Volume One, 1856 278
12 The Old Regime and the Revolution Volume Two 320
13 The Last days 334
Suggestions for Further Reading 342
Index 345
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