A biography of alexis de tocqueville a french historian

Alexis de Tocqueville

In describing the American, he agreed with thinkers such as Aristotle and Montesquieu that the balance of property determined the balance of political power, but his conclusions after that differed radically from those of his predecessors.

As Tocqueville understood it, this rapidly democratizing society had a population devoted to "middling" values which wanted to amass through hard work vast fortunes. Translated by Stuart Gilbert.

Hailed for his writings as a political scientist, he found the following years prestigious and happy.

Tocqueville, Alexis de

Each seems called by some secret design of Providence one day to hold in its hands the destinies of half the world". Tocqueville saw the relation between bureaucratic centralization and social equalitarianism not only as historical but also as functional.

France increasingly became his principal example, and what he saw there altered the tone of his work.

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Both populations were "undemocratic", or without the qualities, intellectual and otherwise needed to live in a democracy. Liberty can exist only where there are countervailing authorities which stand as buffers between the individual and the central government. He never intended to publish this during his lifetime; it was published by his wife and his friend Gustave de Beaumont after his death.

Of similar backgrounds and positions, they were companions in their travels in America, England, and Algeria, coordinated their writings, and ultimately entered the legislature together.

Tocqueville was an ardent supporter of liberty. Tocqueville includes in his report on Algeria that the fate of their soldiers and finances depended on how the French government treats the various native populations of Algeria, including the various Arab tribes, independent Kabyles living in the Atlas Mountains and the powerful political leader Abd-el-Kader.

Tocqueville, Alexis de

His view on government reflects his belief in liberty and the need for individuals to be able to act freely while respecting others' rights. He chose as his subject the French Revolution, and, after years of research and intermittent illnesses, The Old Regime and the Revolution appeared in as the first part of his projected study.

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The only intellectual change produced in Tocqueville by the events of was a recognition of the strength of socialist ideas and of the problematic nature of the proprietary society. Traditional secondary authorities—aristocracy, guild, commune—had been eroded by the impact of equalitarian democracy.

Once again a public figure, he made a visit to England in that culminated in an audience with the prince consort and was the last public triumph of his life. The most recent translation from Arthur Goldhammer in translates the meaning to be as stated above.

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Hence it is possible, he wrote, to measure the progress of democracy in a nation by the rate of increase of paid functionaries.

The observations chronicle the growing Catholic middle class and the appalling conditions in which most Catholic tenant farmers lived. In Europe, he claimed, nobody cared about making money.Jules Michelet: Jules Michelet, French nationalist historian best known for his monumental Histoire de France (–67).

Michelet’s method, an attempt to resurrect the past by immersing his own personality in his narrative, resulted in a historical synthesis of great dramatic power. Michelet was the son of a. Tocqueville, Alexis de (29 July –16 April ), French political theorist, historian, and statesman, was born Alexis-Charles-Henri-Maurice Clérel de Tocqueville in Paris, the son of Hervé-Louis-François-Jean Bonaventure Clérel and Louise-Madeleine Le Peletier Rosanbo, from an aristocratic and politically active Norman family.

Alexis de Tocqueville was a French historian and political scientist best known for his early work on the American political system Democracy in America. Academic, Historian. Alexis de Tocqueville: Alexis de Tocqueville, political scientist, historian, and politician, best known for Democracy in America, 4 vol.

(–40), a perceptive analysis of the political and social system of the United States in the early 19th century. Tocqueville was a great-grandson of the statesman Chrétien de.

Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian best known for his works Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution. Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Paris on July 29, Tocqueville's father was a royalist prefect from Normandy who supported the Bourbon monarchy, his great-grandfather was a liberal aristocrat killed in the French Revolution, and his mother was a devout Roman Catholic who strongly advocated a.

A biography of alexis de tocqueville a french historian
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