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Alexis de Tocqueville : a life

Author: Hugh Brogan
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Alexis de Tocqueville was one of the greatest political thinkers of all time. Born a French aristocrat, he lost nearly his entire family in the Reign of Terror, and spent most of his adult life struggling for liberty under the unsuccessful regimes of nineteenth-century France. He was a man of apparent contradictions: an aristocrat who believed in democracy, a conservative with liberal ideals, an agnostic with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Brogan
ISBN: 9780300108033 0300108036 9780300136258 0300136250
OCLC Number: 85812710
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2006 by Profile Books Ltd."--T.p. verso.
Description: 724 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Maps --
Book 1 : Young Tocqueville --
1. Noblesse --
2. Royalists --
3. A sentimental education --
4. First flight --
5. Pupillage --
6. July --
7. Upheaval --
8. A voyage out --
9. A republic observed --
10. Writing prisons --
11. Between books --
12. Writing America --
13. Fame --
14. Into politics --
15. Writing democracy --
Book 2 : Monsieur de Tocqueville --
16. Deputy --
17. February --
18. June --
19. Retrospection --
20. December --
21. Writing history --
22. Writing revolution --
23. Retreating --
24. Cannes --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Bibliography --
1. Abbreviations --
2. Primary sources --
3. Other printed works --
4. List of illustrations --
Acknowledgements --
Index.
Responsibility: Hugh Brogan.
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Written by an eminent scholar of both European and American history, this will stand as the standard biography of Alexis de Tocqueville for years to come.  Read more...

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"Brogan has written the definitive English language biography of the best known and most perceptive foreign interpreter of the American experience. The work's major achievement, however, is its lucid Read more...

 
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