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Democracy in America : Wordsworth Classics of World Literature - DE TOCQUEVILLE ALEXIS

Democracy in America

Wordsworth Classics of World Literature

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Published: 1st May 1996
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In the mid 1800s, French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville came to the United States to evaluate the meaning and actual functioning of democracy. This work is his classic treatise on the American way of life that he wrote as a result of his visit. It contains his comments and criticism, many of which are still vital in today's world. The Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville wrote this classic in French after travelling across America. It is divided into two sections: the first, on government; the second, on the American character. It is considered one of the most perceptive and enduring descriptions of America and Americans ever written. AUTHOR Alexis-Charles-Henri Cl?rel de Tocqueville (July 29, 1805 ? April 16, 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both of these works, he explored the effects of the rising equality of social conditions on the individual and the state in western societies. Democracy in America (1835), his major work, published after his travels in the United States, is today considered an early work of sociology and political science. An eminent representative of the liberal political tradition, Tocqueville was an active participant in French politics, first under the July Monarchy (1830?1848) and then during the Second Republic (1849?1851) which succeeded to the February 1848 Revolution. He retired from political life after Louis Napol?on Bonaparte's December 2, 1851 coup, and thereafter began work on The Old Regime and the Revolution, Volume I. After obtaining a law degree, Alexis de Tocqueville was named auditor-magistrate at the court of Versailles. There, he met Gustave de Beaumont, a prosecutor substitute, who collaborated with him on various literary works. Both were sent to the United States to study the penitentiary system. During this trip, they wrote Du syst?me p?nitentiaire aux Etats-Unis et de son application (1832). Back in France, Tocqueville became a lawyer. He met the English economist Nassau William Senior in 1833, and they became good friends and corresponded for many years.[1] He published his master-work, De la d?mocratie en Am?rique, in 1835. The success of this work, an early model for the science that would become known as sociology, led him to be named chevalier de la L?gion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) in 1837, and to be elected the next year to the Acad?mie des sciences morales et politiques. In 1841 he was elected to the Acad?mie fran?aise.

ISBN: 9781853264801
ISBN-10: 1853264806
Series: Wordsworth Classics of World Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st May 1996
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Type: New edition