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Individual choice and the structures of history : Alexis de Tocqueville as historian reappraised

Author: Harvey Mitchell
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Alexis de Tocqueville is recognized as one of the most important nineteenth-century historians. In this study, Harvey Mitchell examines afresh Tocqueville's works, in particular the Souvenirs of 1848 and his voluminous correspondence, to shed new light on Tocqueville's philosophy of history. Professor Mitchell exposes the tensions which Tocqueville perceived between determined actions and choice, continuity and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harvey Mitchell
ISBN: 0521560918 9780521560917
OCLC Number: 33105085
Description: xiii, 290 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Frameworks --
2. Toward a theory of history --
3. Tocqueville's conceptualization of moral choice and the particular --
4. Tocqueville's uses of intentionality and necessity in the Souvenirs --
5. Toward the history of L'Ancien Regime et la Revolution --
6. Three faces of history in Democracy in America --
7. Tocqueville on the general laws of revolution --
8. The aristocratic ethos on the defensive --
9. Ideas and public opinion: the formation of a new ethos --
10. Further reflections.
Responsibility: Harvey Mitchell.
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