The Making of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
A model of intellectual history which documents where, when, and under what influences Alexis de Tocqueville wrote different sections of his Democracy in America and how the central themes of that work - democracy, individualism, centralization, despotism - emerged.
The Making of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, Foreword by George W. Pierson (2nd edition) (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2000).
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Table of Contents
- Preface to the Liberty Fund Edition
- Preface to the First Edition
- PART I: Tocqueville’s Second Voyage to America, 1832–1840
- CHAPTER 1: The Writing of the First Part of the Democracy
- CHAPTER 2: An Expanding Task Resumed
- PART II: How to Account for America? Tocqueville Looks at Some Particular Causes Physiques
- CHAPTER 3: An Hypothesis Weighed and Rejected
- CHAPTER 4: Further Considerations of Environment
- CHAPTER 5: Was Race a Sufficient Explanation of the American Character?
- CHAPTER 6: The Transformation of a Continent
- PART III: Tocqueville and the Union: The Nature and Future of American Federalism
- CHAPTER 7: The Bond between the States and the Central Government
- CHAPTER 8: A Prophet in Error
- CHAPTER 9: How Large Might a Republic Be?
- PART IV: Democracy, Centralization, and Democratic Despotisms
- CHAPTER 10: Centralization and Local Liberties
- CHAPTER 11: Where Would Power Accumulate?
- CHAPTER 12: Administrative Centralization and Some Remedies
- CHAPTER 13: Tocqueville’s Changing Visions of Democratic Despotism
- PART V: Democracy, the Individual, and the Masses
- CHAPTER 14: The Tyranny of the Majority
- CHAPTER 15: The Tyranny of the Majority: Some Paradoxes
- CHAPTER 16: Would Démocratie Usher in a New Dark Ages?
- CHAPTER 17: Démocratie and Egoïsme
- CHAPTER 18: From Egoïsme to Individualisme
- PART VI: What Tocqueville Meant by Démocratie
- CHAPTER 19: Some Meanings of Démocratie
- CHAPTER 20: Tocqueville’s Return to America
- EPILOGUE How Many Democracies?
- Selected Bibliography
- PRIMARY MATERIALS
- Joint Works
- Tocqueville’s Own Printed Sources
- SECONDARY MATERIALS