Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

Harvey C. Mansfield


not anyone has ever defined American democracy with extra exact perception or extra profoundly than Alexis de Tocqueville. After assembly with american citizens on huge travels within the usa, and extreme research of records and specialists, he authored the landmark Democracy in America, publishing its volumes in 1835 and 1840. Ever seeing that, this e-book has been the easiest resource for each severe try and comprehend the USA and democracy itself. but Tocqueville himself is still a secret at the back of the beauty of his type.
Now one in every of our best experts on Tocqueville explains him during this just right new access in Oxford's acclaimed Very brief Introduction sequence. Harvey Mansfield addresses his topic as a philosopher, in actual fact and incisively exploring Tocqueville's writings--not merely his masterpiece, but in addition his mystery Recollections, meant for posterity by myself, and his unfinished paintings on his local France, The outdated Regime and the Revolution. Tocqueville used to be a liberal, Mansfield writes, yet no longer of the standard variety. the numerous components of his existence discovered expression in his proposal: his aristocratic ancestry, his ventures in politics, his voyages out of the country, his hopes and fears for the USA, and his unhappiness with France. All his writings express a keenness for political liberty and insistence on human greatness. possibly most vital, he observed liberty no longer in theories, yet within the perform of self-government in the United States. Ever an opponent of abstraction, he provided an research that forces us to think about what we really do in our politics--suggesting that thought itself might be an enemy of freedom. And that, Mansfield writes, makes him a extremely important philosopher for today.
Translator of an authoritative version of Democracy in America, Harvey Mansfield right here bargains the fruit of many years of study and mirrored image in a transparent, insightful, and marvelously compact introduction.

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