Democracy in America
By (author) Alexis de Tocqueville
Edited by Michael Kammen
Translated by Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings
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Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Book DescriptionThis new edition of Democracy in America makes Tocqueville's classic nineteenth-century study of American politics, society, and culture available - finally! - in a brief and accessible version. Designed for instructors who are eager to teach the work but reluctant to assign all 700 plus pages, Kammen's careful abridgment features the most well-known chapters that by scholarly consensus are most representative of Tocqueville's thinking on a wide variety of issues. A comprehensive introduction provides historical and intellectual background, traces the author's journey in America, helps students unpack the meaning behind key Tocquevillian concepts like "individualism," "equality," and "tyranny of the majority," and discusses the work's reception and legacy. Newly translated, this edition offers instructors a convenient and affordable option for exploring this essential work with their students. Useful pedagogic features include a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, illustrations, and an index.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312463304
(207mm x 138mm x 8mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alexis de Tocqueville
Letters from America, Paperback (April 2012)
Young Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in the United States for the first time in May 1831, commissioned by the French government to study the American prison system. This title provides a translation of the complete letters Tocqueville wrote during that seminal journey.
Democracy in America, Paperback (February 2012)
In 1831, the authors spent nine months in the US studying American prisons on behalf of the French government. This title presents their investigations about the prison system and various aspects of American public and private life - the political, economic, religious, cultural, and above all the social life of the young nation.
Ancien Regime and the Revolution, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Alexis de Tocqueville
Presents a critique of the ancien regime, with its venality, oppression and inequality, yet acknowledges the reforms introduced under Louis XVI, and claiming that the post-Revolution state was in many ways as tyrannical as that of the King. This book raises questions about liberty, nationalism and justice.
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Author Biography - Alexis de Tocqueville
MICHAEL KAMMEN (ed.) is Professor of American Cultural History at Cornell University, USA.
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