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Tocqueville on America after 1840
Letters and Other Writings


  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521676830

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  • Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America has been recognized as an indispensable starting point for understanding American politics. From the publication of the second volume in 1840 until his death in 1859, Tocqueville continued to monitor political developments in America and committed many of his thoughts to paper in letters to his friends in America. He also made frequent references to America in many articles and speeches. Did Tocqueville change his views on America outlined in the two volumes of Democracy in America published in 1835 and 1840? If so, which of his views changed and why? The texts translated in Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings answer these questions and offer English-speaking readers the possibility of familiarizing themselves with this unduly neglected part of Tocqueville's work. The book points out a clear shift in emphasis especially after 1852 and documents Tocqueville's growing disenchantment with America, triggered by such issues as political corruption, slavery, expansionism and the encroachment of the economic sphere upon the political.

    • This is the only book to extensively cover the development of Tocqueville's political thought on America after his seminal work, Democracy in America
    • Includes never before published materials as well as new translations of speeches, articles, and letters
    • Allows for a re-understanding of Democracy in America by revealing the development of Tocqueville's ideas on America
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… Craiutu's and Jenning's Tocqueville on America after 1840 is now an indispensable stop in the long journey of understanding all these problems and many others in Tocqueville's thought.' Society

    'While these letters do not constitute a true third volume to Democracy, they provide us with keen insight into Tocqueville's thoughts on the prospects of democracy after he became a famous writer. As such, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in Tocqueville and the state of antebellum America by one of France's best writers and thinkers.' Nineteenth-Century French Studies

    '… incisive and important … Altogether this is a valuable and much needed collection that will deepen as well as widen our understanding of Tocqueville's contribution to political philosophy.' Contemporary Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521676830
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 40 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the third democracy
    Part I. Letters
    Part II. Speeches, Articles, and Diplomatic Papers
    Appendix 1. Tocqueville's main American correspondents
    Appendix 2. chronology
    Appendix 3. Sources for the texts and selected bibliography.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • American Political Theory
    • Seminar: Tocqueville
  • Editors and translators

    Aurelian Craiutu, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Aurelian Craiutu is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University in 1999. His book Liberalism under Siege: The Political Thought of the French Doctrinaires won a 2004 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award. Professor Craiutu has also edited several volumes, including Guizot's History of the Origins of Representative Government in Europe, Madame de Staël's Considerations on the Main Events of the French Revolution, Conversations with Tocqueville: The Democratic Revolution in the Twentieth-First Century (with Sheldon Gellar) and America through European Eyes (with Jeffrey C. Isaac). His articles and reviews have also appeared in many journals.

    Jeremy Jennings, University of London
    Jeremy Jennings is Professor of Political Theory at Queen Mary, University of London, having previously held posts at the Universities of Swansea and Birmingham (UK). He received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. In 2007 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services rendered to French culture. Professor Jennings has published extensively on the history of political thought in France, the role of intellectuals in politics, and the history of socialism. In 2002 he published a new edition of Georges Sorel's Reflections on Violence and in 2005 co-edited a volume entitled Republicanism in Theory and Practice. He has recently published articles in the American Political Science Review, Review of Politics, Journal of Political Ideologies and Journal of the History of Ideas.

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