Democracy in America, Volumes One and Two by Alexis de Tocqueville, trans. Henry Reeve is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable . De La Démocratie En Amérique. “THIS IS BY FAR THE Tocqueville, Alexis de. Item Number: First American edition of Tocqueville’s magnum opus. Octavo. Did you know? During his travels in the United States, one of the first things that surprised Alexis de Tocqueville about American culture was how early everyone .

Author: Shakasa Tagrel
Country: Saint Lucia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Marketing
Published (Last): 22 July 2016
Pages: 352
PDF File Size: 6.56 Mb
ePub File Size: 14.7 Mb
ISBN: 929-8-15536-237-6
Downloads: 67148
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Shaktizuru

The American intellectual class is found therefore on the other side of the Atlantic.

Applauding the methods of General BugeaudTocqueville went so far to claim that “war in Africa is a science. He sees nowhere the natural limit that nature has put on the efforts of man; according amrica him what is not, is what has not yet been tried.

He anticipates the potential acrimony over the abolition of slavery that would tear apart the United States and lead to the American Civil War as well as the eventual superpower rivalry between wlexis United States and Russia, which exploded after World War II and spawned the Cold War.

He would spend the days remaining to him fighting the same fight, but conducting it now from libraries, archives, and his own desk”.

A supporter of Cavaignac and of the parti de l’OrdreTocqueville accepted an invitation to enter Odilon Barrot ‘s government as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 3 June to 31 October tocquevjlle One of the greatest services that Field Marshal Bugeaud has rendered his country is to have spread, perfected and made everyone aware of this new science”.

It is evoked throughout Democracy.

He begins his book by describing the change in social conditions taking place. The reasons that Beaumont had for leaving France for a time were not very far from those of Tocqueville. In the end man could end up by no longer belonging to anything except a quasi-society of barbarians equal to each other, thus closing the cycle of history with a despotic regime that has become permanent.


In his treatise Democracy in Americahe explained: Mary Mottley died in These days, they represent civilization, i do not. A religion is a power whose movements are regulated in advance and that moves within a known sphere, and many people believe that within this sphere its effects are beneficial, and that a dogmatic religion better manages to obtain the desirable effects of a religion than one that is rational.

When Tocqueville and Beaumont were at the point of making important personal and professional decisions, the two friends crossed the Channel. I enjoy this work, and it interests me deeply; but will it ever be useful to me for anything?

Alexis de Tocqueville

Tocqueville fears in fact that history will pass from the total predominance of action, which is characteristic of barbaric peoples who know only the practice of politics, to the triumph of theory separated from all forms of practice. I know well the conscientiousness that caused our friend to present the expression of his thought to the public only after he had brought it to the highest perfection that he felt capable of giving it; but it is one thing to put a piece of writing aside in order to make it more perfect and something else to want it suppressed when fate has decreed that the process of perfecting it cannot take place.

Democrxtie events must have been evoked many times in the family, and Alexis always saw in his great-grandfather, Malesherbes, an exemplary figure without peer. No family memory, no personal interest gave me a natural and necessary inclination toward democracy. In WashingtonD.

But the author himself recognizes that the power that alexiw the mass will always be aristocratic because, as he says repeatedly, it is impossible for all men to have the time and leisure necessary to occupy themselves with works of the mind.


Books by Tocqueville, Alexis de (sorted by popularity) – Project Gutenberg

For to pardon a crime because Edition: So the absence of government and equality are found only at the two ends of civilization: As for democratic man, he runs the danger of believing that he is following his own reason when he is only blindly obeying the opinion of the majority. Nine volumes appeared in the space of seven democratue.

I have alexiss not only to offer to the reader the text of Democracy in America revised and corrected, but also to give an important place to the notes, drafts, and materials of all kinds that accompanied the period of its writing.

A longtime sufferer from bouts of tuberculosisTocqueville would eventually succumb to the disease on 16 April and was buried in the Tocqueville cemetery in Normandy. Of the Point of Departure ….

But now, could things be put back in their place; could a second Restoration take place? The first impressions of the United States, especially of the West, confirm the existence of an America that does not need revolution. England was not on the eve of a revolution. Tocqueville continued by specifying what should be found under each division:.

Online Library of Liberty

The salvation of France, at the point where we were, seemed to me to be in maintaining the new democrtie. Others, such as the Catholic writer Daniel Schwindtdisagree with Kaplan’s interpretation, arguing instead that Tocqueville saw individualism as just another form of egotism democrtie not an improvement over it.

I protested that I did not intend an oath that bound me forever to any cause other than to the interest of our country, and I Edition: Retrieved 25 May

Back to top