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Democracy In America Volume One : Vintage Classics - Alexis De Tocqueville

Democracy In America Volume One

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Out of Alex de Tocqueville's travels through the U.S. in the 1830's came an insightful study of a young democracy and its institutions. This 2 volume edition presents Tocqueville's original text. Footnotes, bibliography.

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"No better study of a nation's institutions and culture than Tocqueville's Democracy in America has ever been written by a foreign observer; none perhaps as good." --The New York Times Praise for the work of Joseph Epstein:

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From the Paperback edition.

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: 9780679728252
ISBN-10: 0679728252
Series: Vintage Classics : Book 1
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 11th August 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1