Democracy in America

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Wordsworth Editions, 1998 - 374 sidor

Abridged, with an Introduction by Patrick Renshaw.

Democracy in America is a classic of political philosophy. Hailed by John Stuart Mill and Horace Greely as the finest book ever written on the nature of democracy, it continues to be an influential text on both sides of the Atlantic, above all in the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe.

De Tocqueville examines the structures, institutions and operation of democracy, and shows how Europe can learn from American success and failures. His central theme is the advancement of the rule of the people, but he also predicts that slavery will bring about the 'most horrible of civil wars', foresees that the USA and Russia will be the Superpowers of the twentieth century, and is 150 years ahead of his time in his views on the position and importance of women.

 

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AUTHORS INTRODUCTION
7
Origin of the AngloAmericans and Importance
13
Social Condition of the AngloAmericans
22
The Principle of the Sovereignty of the People of America
30
Judicial Power in the United States and its Influence
43
The Federal Constitution
51
How it can be Strictly Said that the People Govern
74
Government of the Democracy in America
82
Revolution than at Other Periods
208
Of the Use which the Americans Make
215
Relation of Civil to Political Associations
224
That the Americans Apply the Principle of SelfInterest
231
Peculiar Effects of the Love of Physical Gratifications
237
Why Among the Americans All Honest
247
How an Aristocracy may be Created by Manufactures
253
How Democracy Renders the Habitual
259

What are the Real Advantages which American
91
Unlimited Power of the Majority in the United States
98
Causes which Mitigate the Tyranny of the Majority
107
Principal Causes which Tend to Maintain the Democratic
113
The Present and Probable Future Condition of the Three
132
AUTHORS PREFACE TO THE SECOND PART
175
How Religion in the United States Avails
182
The Example of the Americans does not Prove
188
Some Characteristics of Historians in Democratic Times
194
Why Democratic Nations Show a more Ardent
201
How Democracy Affects the Relations
266
Influence of Democracy on Wages
273
Education of Young Women in the United States
283
How Equality of Condition Contributes to Maintain
289
How the Americans Understand the Equality
296
Some Reflections on American Manners
302
How the Aspect of Society in the United States
309
The Trade of PlaceHunting in Certain Democratic
318
Some Considerations on War in Democratic
333
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French writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Verneuil to an aristocratic Norman family. He entered the bar in 1825 and became an assistant magistrate at Versailles. In 1831, he was sent to the United States to report on the prison system. This journey produced a book called On the Penitentiary System in the United States (1833), as well as a much more significant work called Democracy in America (1835--40), a treatise on American society and its political system. Active in French politics, Tocqueville also wrote Old Regime and the Revolution (1856), in which he argued that the Revolution of 1848 did not constitute a break with the past but merely accelerated a trend toward greater centralization of government. Tocqueville was an observant Catholic, and this has been cited as a reason why many of his insights, rather than being confined to a particular time and place, reach beyond to see a universality in all people everywhere.

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