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Alexis de Tocqueville

J. P. Mayer

Alexis de Tocqueville

a biographical study in political science. With a new essay, Tocqueville after a century.

by J. P. Mayer

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Published by Harper in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Tocqueville, Alexis de, -- 1805-1859.

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliography.

    SeriesHarper torchbooks -- TB1014. The Academy library
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsJC229 T8 M33 1960
    The Physical Object
    Pagination144 p.
    Number of Pages144
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14712920M

    They found them guilty and then they wrung their necks. He has been compared to Montesquieu and Rousseau, but the former has moments of almost mindless conservatism, and the latter is too often interested in himself at the expense of the evidence in front of him. Both saw conflict between bureaucracy and the democratic impulses that had helped produce it. Olivier falls in love with an American girl—a series of wonderful scenes—but finally retreats from the proposed marriage because he cannot imagine bringing her back to France, where she would be looked down upon. Therefore, for those who wish to use an online text, the links provided are to the revision of the Henry Reeve translation.

    Interestingly, Tocqueville also noted some areas in society where change has been evident and made predictions about where such democratic trends could lead. Both of his parents had been jailed during the Reign of Terror. According to Tocqueville, democracy had some unfavorable consequences: the tyranny of the majority over thought, a preoccupation with material goods, and isolated individuals. The young French aristocrat first came to America on an official assignment to study the American penal system, but instead used this as a pretext to study American society. Activity 1. After the manner of Liberals under the autocratic regime of the restored Bourbon kings, Tocqueville began to study English history as a model of political development.

    This is the marvellous characteristic of Democracy in America: it is still relevant, and everyone can find something in it that is recognisably correct. Eventually, Tocqueville built up an enormous personal influence in his constituencywinning subsequent elections by more than 70 percent of the vote and becoming president of his departmental council a local representative body. Tocqueville was the first to assess systematically the effects of democracy and commercialism upon the arts, literature, religion, philosophy, and other areas of culture. It is in terms of this distinction that his treatment of family, local community, master-servant, professional, and other social relationships can most readily be understood. This is partly because of his own character.


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Alexis de Tocqueville book

He is intelligent but uneducated, canny, bawdy, proud. You simply cannot find a better book about the American character, or the influence of egalitarianism on the psyche. It does not seem to have occurred to him that public opinion is something that can be manufactured by minority pressure groups.

Of course, America may well now be heading, in a big hurry, to a post-democratic position; so the book only became out of date on September 11 Above all, the work was infused with his message that a society, properly organized, could hope to retain liberty in a democratic social order.

The travelers returned to France in Mayer, J. In one sphere only did Tocqueville see the outline and substance of genuine social class in America: the Negro-white relationship.

Tocqueville in America

Tocqueville suggests two answers. The young French aristocrat first came to America on an official assignment to study the American penal system, but instead used this as a pretext to study American society. Some scholars also argue that Tocqueville, in his discussion of the rise of the industrial sector in the American economy, correctly predicted that an industrial aristocracy would rise from the ownership of labor.

You will notice the American spellings have been retained. This is partly because of his own character. The class can have two, or if there is time, three parts. Nevertheless, the young French aristocrat was also conscious of the dangers and threats that could appear as result of exceeding liberation and equality.

Into this mad portmanteau is stuffed Olivier de Clarel de Barfleur de Garmont, a French aristocrat born inmodelled on Tocqueville. Tyranny of the majority: At the same time, Americans give great weight to, and feel great pressure from, the opinion of the majority.

For example, Tocqueville says that a few families had a monopoly on political power. The only real possibility of extreme social conflict, even revolution, that Tocqueville could foresee in America was that between Negro and white. There is absolutely no equality between a king and a noble, on the one hand, or between a noble and a serf, on the other.

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This great book remains arguably one of the two most important books on America political life, the Federalist Papers being the other one.

Olivier falls in love with an American girl—a series of wonderful scenes—but finally retreats from the proposed marriage because he cannot imagine bringing her back to France, where she would be looked down upon.

These arrangements guarantee that only a very few people have a share of political power — the king and the nobles or aristocrats warriors ; all the rest are peasants or serfs working the land. After having a student read a paragraph, have the class discuss it, asking how the development or event fostered or encouraged equality.

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The lower the level of literacy in a population, the greater and more inevitable the tendency to concentrate administration in an educated, governing elite. This uniquely American art of association tempers their tendencies towards individualism and gives them a habit and taste for serving others Volume 2, Part 2, Chapters 4 and 5.

It was in this period that the United States first surpassed Europe in per capita income. Having worked through the passage, students should have a much better appreciation for the many social, economic, intellectual, and religious changes that help to support democracy because they help to maintain equality in society.

The page numbers and quotations used in this feature refer to the translation done by Harvey C. Volume One describes and analyzes American conditions and political institutions, while Volume Two examines the effect of American democracy on what we would call culture literature, economics, the family, religion, etc.

Convinced of the irreversibility of democracy and contemptuous of reactionaries who thought they could block this historical movement, he was nevertheless obsessed by the erosion of those traditional contexts and values—aristocracy, honor, localism, religion, cultural variety—on which European liberty had depended for so many centuries.About Alexis de Tocqueville.

Alexis de Tocqueville was born in to a noble French family that had survived the French Revolution. His father gained some political power under the reign of the Bourbons, and after the July Revolution ofthe family was More about Alexis de Tocqueville. Jun 21,  · Alexis De Tocqueville, in his book, The Ancien Regime and The Revolution, argues that instead of addressing the defects and problems of the old regime, post revolutionary France only continued the same patterns of forsaking liberty for collectivism.

To make his case, Tocqueville challenges the belief that the Revolution was a product of class. The Tocqueville Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions in the United States, France and Romania who have devoted time, talent, and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities’ most serious issues.

In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous seven hundred sylvaindez.comAlexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont were sent by the French government to study the American prison system.

Democracy in America, written by Alexis de Tocqueville between andis considered one of the most comprehensive and insightful books ever written about the U.S. Having seen the failed attempts at a democratic government in his native France, Tocqueville set out to study a stable and prosperous democracy in order to gain insight into how it worked.

May 19,  · DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA by Alexis de Tocqueville ABOUT THE BOOK: De La Democratie en Amerique; published in two volumes, the first in and the second in is a classic French text by Alexis de.