Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings

Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings

by Alexis de Tocqueville
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521859557

ISBN-13: 9780521859554

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America has been recognized as an indispensable starting point for understanding American politics. From the publication of the second volume in 1840 until his death in 1859, Tocqueville continued to monitor political developments in America and committed many of his thoughts to paper in letters to his friends in America. He…  See more details below

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Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America has been recognized as an indispensable starting point for understanding American politics. From the publication of the second volume in 1840 until his death in 1859, Tocqueville continued to monitor political developments in America and committed many of his thoughts to paper in letters to his friends in America. He also made frequent references to America in many articles and speeches. Did Tocqueville change his views on America outlined in the two volumes of Democracy in America published in 1835 and 1840? If so, which of his views changed and why? The texts translated in Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings answer these questions and offer English-speaking readers the possibility of familiarizing themselves with this unduly neglected part of Tocqueville’s work. The book points out a clear shift in emphasis especially after 1852 and documents Tocqueville’s growing disenchantment with America, triggered by such issues as political corruption, slavery, expansionism, and the encroachment of the economic sphere upon the political.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521859554
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the third democracy; Part I. Letters; Part II. Speeches, Articles, and Diplomatic Papers; Appendix 1. Tocqueville's main American correspondents; Appendix 2. chronology; Appendix 3. Sources for the texts and selected bibliography.

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