Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

Harvey C. Mansfield


nobody has ever defined American democracy with extra actual perception or extra profoundly than Alexis de Tocqueville. After assembly with americans on huge travels within the usa, and extreme learn of files and experts, he authored the landmark Democracy in America, publishing its volumes in 1835 and 1840. Ever on the grounds that, this e-book has been the simplest resource for each severe try to comprehend the United States and democracy itself. but Tocqueville himself continues to be a secret at the back of the beauty of his kind.
Now considered one of our best professionals on Tocqueville explains him during this superb new access in Oxford's acclaimed Very brief Introduction sequence. Harvey Mansfield addresses his topic as a philosopher, truly and incisively exploring Tocqueville's writings--not merely his masterpiece, but additionally his mystery Recollections, meant for posterity on my own, and his unfinished paintings on his local France, The previous Regime and the Revolution. Tocqueville was once a liberal, Mansfield writes, yet now not of the standard kind. the numerous components of his existence came upon expression in his concept: his aristocratic ancestry, his ventures in politics, his voyages in another country, his hopes and fears for the United States, and his sadness with France. All his writings exhibit a keenness for political liberty and insistence on human greatness. probably most vital, he observed liberty now not 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 contemplate what we really do in our politics--suggesting that thought itself can be an enemy of freedom. And that, Mansfield writes, makes him a very important philosopher for today.
Translator of an authoritative variation of Democracy in America, Harvey Mansfield the following deals the fruit of a long time of study and mirrored image in a transparent, insightful, and marvelously compact introduction.

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