Lecture 4. Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)


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The impact of the French, American, industrial and urban revolutions on social thought. The breakdown of the ancien regime and emergence of a new social order.

Macfarlane, Riddle, chs. 9-12
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835, 1840, two volume edition trans. George Lawrence, Fontana, 1968), especially introduction by Max Lerner, and vol. I author's introduction and chs. 1-5; vol.2, part IV.
Alexis de Tocqueville, L'Ancien Regime (1856, various editions).
James Schleifer, The Making of Tocqueville's 'Democracy in America' (1980)
Larry Siedentop, Tocqueville (1994) a short book