The Tocqueville Reader: A Life in Letters and Politics

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631215462
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/21/2002
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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).

Table of Contents



Part I: The Discovery of Democracy in America:.

Preliminary Note.

Illustration: Map of the American Voyage.

1. Travel Letters: First Impressions of America and Important Sketches of Democracy in America, 1831.

2. Excerpts from American Notebooks: Tocqueville's Conversations with His American Informants; Travel Impressions on the Road.

3. Volume One of Democracy in America, 1835.

Part II: Great Britain, France, and the United States:.

Preliminary Note.

4. Discovery of England, Poverty, Pauperism, and Social Policy, 1835-1837.

5. Ambitions, Marriage, and Tocqueville's Views of His Own Brand of Liberalism, 1833-1840.

6. Volume Two of Democracy in America.

Part III: The Years in Politics:.

Preliminary Note.

7. Tocqueville's Political Philosophy.

8. Tocqueville the Colonialist.

9. Tocqueville in 1848.

10. Tocqueville Retires from Political Life and Returns to Writing.

Part IV: The Return to The Old Regime and the Revolution:.

Preliminary Note.

11. The Old Regime and the Revolution Volume One.

12. The Old Regime and the Revolution Volume Two.

13. Last days.

Suggestions for Further Reading.

Note on Sources and Translations.

About the Editors.

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