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Democracy in America : Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries Ser. - Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy in America

Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries Ser.

By: Alexis de Tocqueville, Harvey C. Mansfield (Editor, Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9780226805368
Number Of Pages: 722

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Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) came to America in 1831 to see what a great republic was like. What struck him most was the country's equality of conditions, its "democracy." The book he wrote on his return to France, Democracy in America, is both the best ever written on democracy and the best ever written on America. It remains the most often quoted book about the United States, not only because it has something to interest and please everyone, but also because it has something to teach everyone.

When it was published in 2000, Harvey Mansfield and Delba Winthrop's new translation of Democracy in America - only the third since the original two-volume work was published in 1835 and 1840 - was lauded in all quarters as the finest and most definitive edition of Tocqueville's classic thus far. Mansfield and Winthrop have restored the nuances of Tocqueville's language, with the expressed goal "to convey Tocqueville's thought as he held it rather than to restate it in comparable terms of today." The result is a translation with minimal interpretation, but with impeccable annotations of unfamiliar references and a masterful introduction placing the work and its author in the broader contexts of political philosophy and statesmanship.

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Introduction Author's
Origin of the Anglo-Americans (II)
Democratic Social Condition (III)
The Sovereignty of the People in America (IV)
Local Government (V)
Decentralization in America—Its Effects (V)
Judicial Power in the United States, and Its Influence on Political Society (VI)
Aspects of the Federal Constitution (VIII)
Political Parties (IX, X)
Liberty of the Press in the United States (XI)
Political Associations in the United States (XII)
Advantages of Democracy in the United States (XIV)
Unlimited Power of the Majority in the United States and Its Consequences (XV)
Causes Which Mitigate the Tyranny of the Majority in the United States (XVI)
Causes Which Tend to Maintain Democracy (XVII)
Future Prospects of the United States (XVIII)
Book I- Influence of Democracy Upon the Action of Intellect in the United States
Philosophical Method of the Americans (I, II)
Influence of Democracy on Religion (V, VI)
Equality Suggests to the Americans the Idea of the Indefinite Perfectibility of Man (VIII)
The Example of the Americans Does Not Prove That a Democratic People Can Have No Aptitude and No Taste for Science, Literature, or Art (IX)
Why the Americans Are More Addicted to Practical than to Theoretical Science (X)
In What Spirit the Americans Cultivate the Arts (XI)
Literary Characteristics of Democratic Times (XIII)
Of Some Sources of Poetry Amongst Democratic Nations (XVII)
Why American Writers and Orators Often Use an Inflated Style (XVIII)
Some Characteristics of Historians in Democratic Times (XX) Book II - Influence of Democracy on the Feelings of the Americans
Why Democratic Nations Show a More Ardent and Enduring Love of Equality than of Liberty (I)
Of Individualism in Democratic Countries (II)
That the Americans Combat the Effects of Individualism by Free Institutions (IV)
Of the Use Which the Americans Make of Public Associations in Civil Life (V)
Of the Relation Between Public Associations and the Newspapers (VI)
Relation of Civil to Political Associations (VII)
Of the Taste for Physical Well-Being in America (XI)
What Causes Almost All Americans to Follow Industrial Callings (XIX)
How an Aristocracy May Be Created by Manufactures (XX) Book III - Influence of Democracy on Manners Properly So Called
How Democracy Renders the Habitual Intercourse of the Americans Simple and Easy (II)
Why the Americans Show So Little Sensitiveness in Their Own Country, and Are So Sensitive in Europe (III)
Influence of Democracy on Wages (VII)
Influence of Democracy on the Family (VIII)
Young Women in a Democracy (IX, X)
How Equality of Condition Contributes to Maintain Good Morals in America (XI)
How the Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes (XII)
How the Principle of Equality Naturally Divides the Americans into a Multitude of Small Private Circles (XIII)
Some Reflections on American Manners (XIV)
Why the National Vanity of the Americans Is More Restless and Captious than that of the English (XVI)
How the Aspect of Society in the United States Is at Once Excited and Monotonous (XVII)
Why So Many Ambitious Men and So Little Lofty Ambition Are to Be Found in the United States (XIX)
The Trade of Place-Hunting in Certain Democratic Countries (XX)
Why Great Revolutions Will Become More Rare (XXI)
Why Democratic Nations Are Naturally Desirous of Peace, and Democratic Armies of War (XXII)
Causes Which Render Democratic Armies Weaker than Other A
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ISBN: 9780226805368
ISBN-10: 0226805360
Series: Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries Ser.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 722
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.4  x 4.785
Weight (kg): 1.061
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Annotated

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