Commager on Tocqueville

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University of Missouri Press, 1993 - 130 páginas
With an insight that approached genius, Alexis de Tocqueville saw that America held the key to the future. He predicted that the American democratic experiment he witnessed in the early nineteenth century would spread to the rest of the Western world. With the recent collapse of communism and the emergence of democracy everywhere, Tocqueville's writings are more relevant today than ever before. In Commager on Tocqueuille, one of America's most distinguished historians, Henry Steele Commager, applies Tocqueville's predictions and questions to our present time. He asserts that now - with the validity of the whole democratic experiment at stake in Europe, America, Asia, and Africa - Tocqueville's writings offer both warning and guidance. Commager introduces the study with an analysis of Tocqueville's classic Democracy in America. Explaining the book's history and assessing its strengths and weaknesses, Commager places Tocqueville in an appropriate context before launching into the heart of his study - Tocqueville's concern for the reconciliation of liberty and order. With that larger subject as a base, Commager explores five major questions raised by Tocqueville: democracy and the tyranny of the majority; the price of a just society; centralization and democracy; the military in a democracy; and contradictions between political equality and economic inequality. Commager uses Tocqueville as a vehicle to discuss these timeless questions, incorporating contemporary concerns such as the environment, civil rights, and the military-industrial complex. Commager on Tocqueville intertwines the analysis of a truly remarkable contemporary thinker with the visionary genius of an early nineteenth-century statesman. Students of history, political science, philosophy, and anyone interested in recent international political events will find this book invaluable.

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In an eloquent and insightful search for portents and counsel for modern America, the distinguished historian (Emeritus/Amherst; Empire of Reason, 1977, etc.) revisits the classic Democracy in America ... Leer comentario completo

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That Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America has remained for over a century and a half one of the most important commentaries on American society and government is ironical. The Frenchman's ... Leer comentario completo

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INTRODUCTION
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THREE
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FOUR
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The Military in a Democracy
70
FIVE
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Henry Steele Commager is author of many books, including The American Mind: An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 1800s and The Empire of Reason: How Europe Imagined and America Realized Enlightenment. He is Emeritus Professor of History at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

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