Tocqueville Reader” Offers Range Of Insights Into Democracy
August 29, 2002--
French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the most
brilliant thinkers of the 19th century, was fascinated by the idea
of democracy and traveled widely to try to understand it. Author
of perhaps the most influential book ever written about the United
States and its institutions, “Democracy in America,”
he has for almost two centuries helped Americans understand their
government and national character.
A new book,
“The Tocqueville Reader,” co-edited by Olivier Zunz,
a history professor at the University of Virginia, brings together
for the first time in English a comprehensive collection of all
Tocqueville’s wide-ranging work.
The book, published
by Blackwell Publishing and co-edited by Alan S. Kahan of Florida
International University, includes not only key sections of Tocqueville’s
major works, “Democracy in America” and “The Old
Regime and the Revolution,” but also travel notes, letters,
diary entries and important essays on such subjects as poverty,
colonialism and socialism.
introduction by Zunz, president of the Tocqueville Society, and
Kahan gives an account of Tocqueville’s life, career and inspirations
as a writer and thinker.
collapse of the Soviet Union, countries in many parts of the world
have begun re-examining Tocqueville’s ideas on the relationship
between equality and freedom and on civil society as a necessary
foundation of self-government, the editors point out. “In
this Reader, our only ambition is to show how Tocqueville himself
understood these connections.”
For a review copy please contact Elizabeth Fraza at Blackwell Publishing
Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856