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The Tocqueville Reader: A Life in Letters and Politics
Contributor(s): Zunz, Olivier (Editor), Kahan, Alan S. (Editor)

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ISBN: 0631215468     ISBN-13: 9780631215462
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: October 2002
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Annotation: Alexis de Tocqueville was one of the most influential political thinkers of the 19th century, and yet this is the first comprehensive collection of his written work. Born to an aristocratic family, he was consumed by the notion of democracy and traveled widely throughout the world, mainly in America, to understand it. He is the celebrated writer of "Democracy in America" and "The Old Regime and the Revolution," as well as important essays on such subjects as poverty, colonialism, and socialism. "The Tocqueville Reader" includes not only his major writing but also travel notes, letters, conversations with ministers and politicians, and diary entries not originally intended for the public. The book includes twenty-nine pieces never before translated into English, and a wide-ranging editorial introduction that gives an account of Tocqueville's life as a politician and inspirations as a writer. In this one-of-a-kind collection, students of American and European history and social thought, as well as general readers, will find a portrait of a fascinating personality and a giant of liberal thinking.

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BISAC Categories:
- Political Science | History & Theory - General
- History | United States - General
- Social Science | Sociology - General
Dewey: 320.092
LCCN: 2002020851
Series: Blackwell Readers
Physical Information: 1.12" H x 6.38" W x 9.02" (1.22 lbs) 384 pages
 
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The Tocqueville Reader" includes not only Tocqueville's major writing but also travel letters, conversations with ministers and politicians, and diary entries not originally intended for the public. It includes twenty-nine pieces never before translated into English, and a wide-ranging editorial introduction that gives an account of Tocqueville's life as a politician and inspirations as a writer.


Contributor Bio(s): Olivier Zunz is Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia and president of the Tocqueville Society. He is the author of The Changing Face of Inequality (1982), Making America Corporate (1990), and Why the American Century? (1998). He is also the editor of Reliving the Past (1985), and co-editor of The Landscape of Modernity (1992) and Social Contracts under Stress (2002).

Alan S. Kahan is Associate Professor of History at Florida International University. He is the author of Aristocratic Liberalism, The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill, and Alexis de Tocqueville (1992, 2001), and the translator of Tocqueville's The Old Regime and the Revolution (vol. 1: 1998, vol. 2: 2001).


 
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