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Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859)

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French writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Verneuil to an aristocratic Norman family. He entered the bar in 1825 and became an assistant magistrate at Versailles. In 1831, he was sent to the United States to report on the prison system. This journey produced a book called On the visa mer Penitentiary System in the United States (1833), as well as a much more significant work called Democracy in America (1835--40), a treatise on American society and its political system. Active in French politics, Tocqueville also wrote Old Regime and the Revolution (1856), in which he argued that the Revolution of 1848 did not constitute a break with the past but merely accelerated a trend toward greater centralization of government. Tocqueville was an observant Catholic, and this has been cited as a reason why many of his insights, rather than being confined to a particular time and place, reach beyond to see a universality in all people everywhere. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre


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Vedertaget namn
Tocqueville, Alexis de
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
de Tocqueville, Alexis-Charles-Henri Clerel
Andra namn
DE TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis-Charles-Henri Clerel
DE TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis Charles Henri Clerel
Tocqueville Cemetery, Normandy, France
Paris, France
Cannes, France
Cannes, France
Verneuil-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Paris, France
Collège Royal, Metz
Lycée Fabert, Metz
political philosopher
Chamber of Deputies (1839)
Priser och utmärkelser
Académie française (1841)
Kort biografi
Alexis de Tocqueville was a political thinker and writer still famous today especially for his Democracy in America, the classic work that appeared in two volumes in 1835 and 1840 following his travels in the USA. Also in 1835, de Tocqueville married Mary Motley, an Englishwoman, against the wishes of his family because she was not an aristocrat.



Alexis de Tocqueville compares with disinterested honesty 19th century Democracy, especially American democracy, with the European aristocracies that preceded it. In this two-volume work, he outlines both the benefits and dangers of both social orders. With the certain knowledge that the age of the aristocracy is passed, de Tocqueville writes with the ultimate hope that his book will serve as a warning to citizens under democratic rule, that they will not succumb to the apathy that is their greatest enemy, which would allow the government to pursue its natural tendency to metastasize into the private realm of citizen, governing an ever greater number of minutiae in the personal lives of its subjects, and annulling the freedom that was originally sought in creating a democracy… (mer)
Coffeehag | 30 andra recensioner | Oct 5, 2023 |
One of the most pivotal books in my college education. It got me to start rethinking the concept of prisons and mass incarceration in America.
beckyrenner | 12 andra recensioner | Aug 3, 2023 |
Alexis de Tocqueville was a prominent French politician and writer in the middle part of the 19th century, writing famous works on the Ancien (i.e. pre-1789) Regime in his country, and on American democracy. These are his recollections of the famous revolutionary events of 1848, primarily in France, but also elsewhere in Europe. De Tocqueville is a sharp observer of his political allies and adversaries, with a keen eye for political movements and the mechanics of constitutional reform. He is a moderate, pragmatic Republican during the revolution of 1848 which saw the demise of the very last French king, Louis-Philippe. His descriptions of various waves of revolutionary events in February, May and June 1848 come across as quite confusing and it was often hard to see who exactly among the competing factions in the National Assembly was in the ascendancy or not - the overwhelming impression one gets is of chaos and members of factions not really having a clear idea what their actual political aims are, other an inchoate opposition to the prevailing rulers. There are gaps in the narrative as de Tocqueville insists only on covering events he has personally witnessed, even at the expense of a sometimes somewhat incoherent story. He is worried by the rise of Louis Napoleon as President, sensing that he aims at proclaiming himself effective monarch, as indeed he does after the events of this book as Emperor Napoleon III (and arrests de Tocqueville at the same time, putting an end to the latter's political career). The last section of the book details de Tocqueville's experiences as Foreign Minister for a few months shortly before this time, negotiating with German states as Prussia comes to dominate amongst them; with Russian Emperor Nicholas I and with the Ottoman Empire. Interesting, but rather too detailed and as a first hand account inevitably does not give a rounded picture of events.… (mer)
john257hopper | May 6, 2023 |



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