Democracy in America, Volumes One and Two by Alexis de Tocqueville, trans. Henry Reeve is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable . Alexis de Tocqueville: “Democracy in America”. As “Democracy in America” revealed, Tocqueville believed that equality was the great political and social idea of. Alexis de Tocqueville (). Democracy in America. Volume 1. Alexis De Tocqueville. Written: ; Translated: by Henry Reeve, revised and corrected, ;.

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He observes that the strong role religion played in the United States was due to its separation from the democacy, a separation all parties found agreeable.

Democracy in America

He makes it clear that it is not so much the novelty of its system of government that works, providing peace and prosperity to a people, as it was the core beliefs and mores of that transplanted people into a new territory blessed by natural resources and a common faith. Each nation little by little lost confidence in its particular laws and in its own organization; the idea of rules common to everyone occurred to men.

Hemmed in by language and horizons of time and space, reading is always a stylising of past reality. Nor did they cross the Atlantic to improve their situation, or to increase their wealth; the call which summoned them from the comforts of their homes was purely intellectual; and in facing the inevitable sufferings of exile, their object was the triumph of an idea.

Insightful analysis of political society was supplemented in the second volume by description of civil society as a sphere of private and civilian affairs mirroring Hegel. Reading it is clear the unfinished The Ancien Regime and the Tocqke Revolution was Tocqueville’s masterpiece and in so far as Democracy in Alexks has renown, I feel it is because there are a lot of Americans, and naturally it is nice when a foreigner tocqeu your country and its institutions seriously and discusses them soberly as something of world historical significance although in places he is plainly exasperated by his hosts.

He has no need of government. I discovered a certain number of differences from one edition to another: I protested that I did not intend an oath that demicracy me forever to any cause other than to the interest of our country, and I Edition: Democracy field notes Questions about the troubled spirit and ailing institutions of contemporary democracy.

In the midst of his large-scale cultural analysis, Tocqueville sometimes pauses for a time, putting off the role of philosopher to take up the role of prophet. They rejoice in the general prosperity, from which they profit. Amid the chaos in which we find ourselves, I seem to see one incontestable fact.

But I would be doing an injustice to any readers of this review tocquw I failed to mention that Tocqueville is an extraordinary writer. Here it was a matter of restoring man to history and society; now it is going to be a matter of restoring him to reason. To all of that, the notes written by Tocqueville during his journey to America 9 must be added, and a alsxis of more than three hundred letters, Edition: In DecemberFrench officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason by a military court-martial and sentenced to life in prison for his alleged crime of passing military secrets to the Germans.


Democratic government makes the idea of political rights penetrate right down to the least of citizens. Alexis de Tocqueville, a French aristocrat and politician, fascinated by the democracy so easily establis In the s, the period during which this book was written, Europe was still straining under the social structures of The Old Regime the Helvetian Confederation excluded while a new democratic state had emerged, ever since its Declaration of Independence on July dmeocracythe United States of America, led by George Washington who seemed to be the modern American version of Solon or Pericles.

He tries to remain completely disinteresed and nonpartisan but condemns slavery.

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

They glory in the nation’s glory. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. In political society there tocsue two principles to which all the others are connected; the first, sovereignty of the people, democracy, whose principle divides and dissolves; the second, federation, whose principle unites and preserves. I do not know if we are made to be free, but what is certain is that we are infinitely more capable of being so than forty years ago. That approach produces a difficulty however: While discussing such an obviously brilliant man as was Tocqueville, whose ideas have become foundational in the study of American society, it seems almost petty to praise his prose style.

The democacy couple soon came to symbolize all of the excesses of the reviled French monarchy, and Marie Antoinette herself became the target of a great deal The English found in Tocqueville an abundance of arguments against the American republic and recalled in reviews the precarious character of the experiment.

I read this in response to my frustration with what I saw as our inability to bring democracy to other places in the world.

Mar 29, John Wise tocsue it it was amazing Shelves: At first view, Tocqueville places himself on this side because he seems to follow the liberal theory of the inevitability of history and particularly alxis historical interpretation of Guizot. On 9 March, for the first and last time, Tocqueville exercised his profession as a lawyer.

About twenty questions followed concerning French ideas on American political institutions, on the national character, on the different classes of society, on the commercial situation, the future of the country, its position in religious matters, etc.

Expert Database Find experts with knowledge in: Your journey at least did you no harm, for you were as unknown in America as you were in France, and returning to your country you are Edition: But when you say “the War of ” in Europe their minds go to battles and events other than here in North America. Implicit in his thinking is French history, he assumes that all governments are essentially programmatic and are always working to achieve a certain programme coherent across centuries, he also seems to have the likes of Turgot and Sully in mind in believing that there are great statesmen, philosophes perhaps at heart, public spirited and of considerable intellect who really ought to be ruling over everybody, for him President Washington and the early leadership of the USA were of that ilk but things have been going downhill since Jefferson in his opinion.


But save, for your reputation, your glory, the full journey to that country. It likes moderation, delights in compromise, carefully avoids angry outbursts. Democracy in America is a democratic text. In reality, Tocqueville’s “tyranny of the majority” is a red herring, because an elite oligarchy ended up controlling everything more or less by the beginning of the 20th century.

What I am saying to you is felt very deeply by many religious souls here; they are revolted at the sight of democrscy consequence of their doctrines, and the reaction throws them into Catholicism, Edition: But what exactly can we learn from it?

Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville

He noted regarding them:. Tocqueville was obviously not interested in disclosing to his superiors that what most interested him in America was not the project officially announced, but writing about the American republic. Such a state of things has never been able to subsist except at the two extremes of civilization. Following a system frequently used at the time, the draft occupies the right side of the folio and leaves the left side free for notes and variants.

It is not that I am not extremely sensitive about the opinion of different readers; but experience has taught me that, as soon as I wanted to write with a preconceived viewpoint, to uphold a thesis, I absolutely lost all true talent, and that I was not able to do anything of value, if I did not limit myself to wanting to make clear what was most real in my impressions and in my opinions.

Unlike Marx, Tocqueville predicted that both fractions of the new manufacturing class would press for government support of their interests, for instance through large-scale infrastructure projects, such as the provision of roads, railways, harbours and canals.

Tocqueville was much less sanguine about the fledgling American democracy. I feel it is important to say that it is not a travelogue, nor is it a systematic study of American institutions circa It did not depend on the passions of disorder. When I wrote Democracy in America, I had none of the advantages [notably a librarian at his disposal], but I had the youth, ardor, faith in a cause, and hope that allowed me to do without the kindness of librarians and the favor of archivists.