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The Resource Tocqueville : the aristocratic sources of liberty, Lucien Jaume ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Tocqueville : the aristocratic sources of liberty, Lucien Jaume ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer

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Tocqueville : the aristocratic sources of liberty
Title
Tocqueville
Title remainder
the aristocratic sources of liberty
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Lucien Jaume ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Many American readers like to regard Alexis de Tocqueville as an honorary American and democrat--as the young French aristocrat who came to early America and, enthralled by what he saw, proceeded to write an American book explaining democratic America to itself. Yet, as Lucien Jaume argues in this acclaimed intellectual biography, Democracy in America is best understood as a French book, written primarily for the French, and overwhelmingly concerned with France. "America, " Jaume says, "was merely a pretext for studying modern society and the woes of France." For Tocqueville, in short, America was a mirror for France, a way for Tocqueville to write indirectly about his own society, to engage French thinkers and debates, and to come to terms with France's aristocratic legacy. By taking seriously the idea that Tocqueville's French context is essential for understanding Democracy in America, Jaume provides a powerful and surprising new interpretation of Tocqueville's book as well as a fresh intellectual and psychological portrait of the author. Situating Tocqueville in the context of the crisis of authority in postrevolutionary France, Jaume shows that Tocqueville was an ambivalent promoter of democracy, a man who tried to reconcile himself to the coming wave, but who was also nostalgic for the aristocratic world in which he was rooted--and who believed that it would be necessary to preserve aristocratic values in order to protect liberty under democracy. Indeed, Jaume argues that one of Tocqueville's most important and original ideas was to recognize that democracy posed the threat of a new and hidden form of despotism --
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individual biography
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Jaume, Lucien
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320.092
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Goldhammer, Arthur
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  • Tocqueville, Alexis de
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  • Democracy
  • Political science
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Tocqueville : the aristocratic sources of liberty, Lucien Jaume ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer
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Translation of: Tocqueville : les sources aristocratiques de la liberté biographie intellectuelle. Paris : Fayard, c2008
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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text
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Contents
What did Tocqueville mean by "democracy"? -- Attacking the French tradition : popular sovereignty redefined in and through local liberties -- Democracy as modern religion -- Democracy as expectation of material pleasures -- Tocqueville as sociologist -- In the tradition of Montesquieu : the state-society analogy -- Counterrevolutionary traditionalism : a muffled polemic -- The discovery of the collective -- Tocqueville and the Protestantism of his time: the insistent reality of the collective -- Tocqueville as moralist -- The moralist and the question of l'honnte -- Tocqueville's relation to Jansenism -- Tocqueville in literature: democratic language without declared authority -- Resisting the democratic tendencies of language -- Tocqueville in the debate about literature and society -- The great contemporaries : models and countermodels -- Tocqueville and Guizot : two conceptions of authority -- Tutelary figures from Malesherbes to Chateaubriand
Control code
FIEb17490765
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
347 pages
Isbn
9780691152042
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • (DLC)2012032469
  • (UkLCURL)982012032469
  • (OCoLC)808008861
Label
Tocqueville : the aristocratic sources of liberty, Lucien Jaume ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer
Publication
Note
Translation of: Tocqueville : les sources aristocratiques de la liberté biographie intellectuelle. Paris : Fayard, c2008
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
What did Tocqueville mean by "democracy"? -- Attacking the French tradition : popular sovereignty redefined in and through local liberties -- Democracy as modern religion -- Democracy as expectation of material pleasures -- Tocqueville as sociologist -- In the tradition of Montesquieu : the state-society analogy -- Counterrevolutionary traditionalism : a muffled polemic -- The discovery of the collective -- Tocqueville and the Protestantism of his time: the insistent reality of the collective -- Tocqueville as moralist -- The moralist and the question of l'honnte -- Tocqueville's relation to Jansenism -- Tocqueville in literature: democratic language without declared authority -- Resisting the democratic tendencies of language -- Tocqueville in the debate about literature and society -- The great contemporaries : models and countermodels -- Tocqueville and Guizot : two conceptions of authority -- Tutelary figures from Malesherbes to Chateaubriand
Control code
FIEb17490765
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
347 pages
Isbn
9780691152042
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (DLC)2012032469
  • (UkLCURL)982012032469
  • (OCoLC)808008861

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