Tocqueville's Road Map: Methodology, Liberalism, Revolution, and Despotism

Tocqueville's Road Map: Methodology, Liberalism, Revolution, and Despotism

by Roger Boesche
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739116657

ISBN-13: 9780739116654

Pub. Date: 11/01/2006

Publisher: Lexington Books

One of the country's foremost Tocqueville scholars, Roger Boesche has gathered together his writings on Tocqueville from the last quarter century. These essays focus on specific aspects of Tocqueville's political thought: the methodology that Tocqueville brought to his historical and political writings which allowed him to predict so well; his assumptions about what

Overview

One of the country's foremost Tocqueville scholars, Roger Boesche has gathered together his writings on Tocqueville from the last quarter century. These essays focus on specific aspects of Tocqueville's political thought: the methodology that Tocqueville brought to his historical and political writings which allowed him to predict so well; his assumptions about what constitutes a revolution; his conviction that democracy and commerce at times work against each other; why Tocqueville's thought defies our modern political classifications; his fear of a qualitatively new kind of despotism; and Tocqueville's predictions for the future compared with those of Nietzsche, Arendt, and others. Tocqueville's Road Map is a long-overdue addition to Tocqueville scholarship that will find an audience among scholars of political thought and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739116654
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Note on Editions of Tocqueville's Works     xiii
Why Could Tocqueville Predict So Well?     1
The Strange Liberalism of Alexis de Tocqueville     27
Tocqueville on the Tension between Commerce and Citizenship     59
Why Did Tocqueville Think a Successful Revolution Was Impossible?     85
The Dark Side of Tocqueville: On War and Empire     109
Hedonism and Nihilism: The Predictions of Tocqueville and Nietzsche     127
The Prison: Tocqueville's Model for Despotism     149
Tocqueville and Arendt on the Novelty of Modern Tyranny     169
Le Commerce: A Newspaper Expressing Tocqueville's Unusual Liberalism     189
Index     211
About the Author     217

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