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Commager on Tocqueville

Author: Henry Steele Commager
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1993.
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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  Read more...
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Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-1998.
Commager on Tocqueville.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1993
(OCoLC)623809283
Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Steele Commager
ISBN: 0826208975 9780826208972 0826209416 9780826209412
OCLC Number: 27640831
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 130 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Democracy and the Tyranny of the Majority --
2. The Price of a Just Society --
3. Centralization and Democracy --
4. The Military in a Democracy --
5. Political Equality and Economic Inequality --
6. The Agenda of the 1990s.
Responsibility: Henry Steele Commager.
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This work presents the political ideas of Alexis de Tocqueville, as set out in his work "Democracy in America", in the context of contemporary politics and ideas. The central concern of the book  Read more...

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"In an eloquent and insightful search for portents and counsel for modern America, the distinguished historian revisits the classic Democracy in America. . . . Consistently wise, sobering, and Read more...

 
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