Individual Choice and the Structures of History
Alexis De Tocqueville as Historian Reappraised
By (author) Harvey Mitchell
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Individual Choice and the Structures of History by Harvey Mitchell
Book DescriptionAlexis de Tocqueville is recognized as one of the most important nineteenth-century historians. In this perceptive study, Harvey Mitchell examines Tocqueville's works, in particular Souvenirs of 1848 and his voluminous correspondence, to shed new light on Tocqueville's philosophy of history. Professor Mitchell exposes the tensions which Tocqueville perceived between determined actions and choice, continuity and change, asking what happens to individual liberty if it is impossible to make a clean break with the past, and if past developments continue to influence the future. Professor Mitchell draws on the full range of Tocqueville's writings to find in them a unity of thought and a deep involvement with the philosophical questions raised by historical continuity and change.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521024150
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A perceptive study of de Tocqueville's works, revealing his deep involvement with the philosophy of history.
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