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De Tocqueville

Cheryl Welch


Alexis de Tocqueville is one of the most topical and debated figures in contemporary political and social theory. This introduction to de Tocqueville's thought examines in detail his classic works and their major themes. This book argues that Tocqueville's major themes tap into deep anxieties about democratic practices and his writings help us to identify the major fault lines in democracy at the turn of the new century. Beginning with a consideration of Tocqueville's distinctiveness against the historical background and intellectual context of his time, this book goes on to trace the developm ... More

Keywords: democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, revolution, history, slavery, religion, gender, France, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198781318
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198781318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheryl Welch, author
Simmons College, Boston