By Harvey C. Mansfield
Nobody has ever defined American democracy with extra exact perception or extra profoundly than Alexis de Tocqueville. After assembly with american citizens on large travels within the usa, and excessive learn of files and gurus, he authored the landmark Democracy in America
, publishing its volumes in 1835 and 1840. Ever because, this publication has been the easiest resource for each severe try and comprehend the USA and democracy itself. but Tocqueville himself is still a secret in the back of the beauty of his type.
Now considered one of our top experts on Tocqueville explains him during this appropriate new access in Oxford's acclaimed Very brief Introduction
sequence. Harvey Mansfield addresses his topic as a philosopher, in actual fact and incisively exploring Tocqueville's writings--not simply his masterpiece, but additionally his mystery Recollections
, meant for posterity by myself, and his unfinished paintings on his local France, The previous Regime and the Revolution
. Tocqueville used to be a liberal, Mansfield writes, yet no longer of the standard type. the various parts of his lifestyles chanced on expression in his suggestion: his aristocratic ancestry, his ventures in politics, his voyages overseas, his hopes and fears for the US, and his unhappiness with France. All his writings express a keenness for political liberty and insistence on human greatness. maybe most crucial, he observed liberty no longer in theories, yet within the perform of self-government in the United States. Ever an opponent of abstraction, he provided an research that forces us to think about what we really do in our politics--suggesting that thought itself might be an enemy of freedom. And that, Mansfield writes, makes him a very important philosopher for today.
Translator of an authoritative variation of Democracy in America
, Harvey Mansfield right here deals the fruit of many years of analysis and mirrored image in a transparent, insightful, and marvelously compact introduction.