In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and ambitious civil servant, made a nine-month journey through America. The result was Democracy in America, a monumental study of the strengths and weaknesses of the nation's evolving politics and institutions. Tocqueville looked to the flourishing democratic system in America as a possible model for post-revolutionary France, believing that the egalitarian ideals it enshrined reflected the spirit of the age – even that they were the will of God. His insightful work has become one of the most influential political texts ever written on America and an indispensable authority for anyone interested in the future of democracy. This volume includes the rarely translated Two Weeks in the Wilderness, an evocative account of Tocqueville's travels in Michigan among the Iroquois and Chippeway, and Excursion to Lake Oneida.
This is the only edition that contains all Tocqueville's writings on America, and it includes a chronology, further reading and explanatory notes.
About the Author
The French sociologist and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) was active in the law and served for a time as foreign minister. He also wrote L'Ancien Regime.
"No better study of a nation's institutions and culture than Tocqueville's Democracy in America has ever been written by a foreign observer." -The New York Times
"The Bradley edition of Tocqueville's classic is the best now available in English." -Charles A. Beard
"Professor Bradley's edition should remain the standard one for our time." -F. O. Matthiessen
With an Introduction by Alan Ryan
Chronology; further reading; translator's notes; democracy in America, notes; "Two Weeks in the Wilderness"; "Excursion to Lake Oneida".