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Soft despotism, democracy's drift : Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the modern prospect

Author: Paul Anthony Rahe
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009.
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"In 1989, the Cold War abruptly ended and it seemed as if the world was at last safe for democracy. But a spirit of uneasiness, discontent, and world-weariness soon arose and has persisted in Europe, in America, and elsewhere for two decades. To discern the meaning of this malaise we must investigate the nature of liberal democracy, says the author of this provocative book, and he undertakes to do so through a  Read more...
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Named Person: Charles de Secondat Montesquieu, baron de; Alexis de Tocqueville; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Charles de Secondat Montesquieu, baron de; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Anthony Rahe
ISBN: 9780300144925 030014492X 9780300164237 0300164238
OCLC Number: 253839307
Description: xxiii, 374 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Modern Republic Examined. Principles ; Uneasiness --
The Modern Republic Revisited. The Enlightenment Indicted ; Sociability as a Malady ; Citizenship as a Remedy --
The Democratic Republic Considered. Democratic Despotism ; American Exceptionalism ; The French Disease ; A Despotism of Administrators.
Responsibility: Paul A. Rahe.
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In 1989, the Cold War abruptly ended and it seemed as if the world was at last safe for democracy. But a spirit of uneasiness, discontent, and world-weariness soon arose and has persisted in Europe,  Read more...

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