Tocqueville's Road Map: Methodology, Liberalism, Revolution, and Despotism

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Lexington Books, Jan 1, 2006 - Political Science - 217 pages
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One of the country's foremost Tocqueville scholars, Roger Boesche has gathered together his writings on Tocqueville from the last quarter century. These essays focus on specific aspects of Tocqueville's political thought: the methodology that Tocqueville brought to his historical and political writings allowing him to predict so well; his assumptions about what constitutes a revolution; his conviction that democracy and commerce at times work against each other; why Tocqueville's thought defies our modern political classifications; his fear of a qualitatively new kind of despotism; and Tocqueville's predictions for the future compared to those of Nietzsche, Arendt, and others. Tocqueville's Road Map is a long overdue addition to Tocqueville scholarship that will find an audience amongst scholars of political thought and history.
  

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Given the resurgence of interest in the political thought of Tocqueville, and the ideological nature of the major streams of interpretation that have emerged, this balanced collection of articles by ... Read full review

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The explanation of Tocqueville's concept related to the society of the book is very unique.

Contents

Why Could Tocqueville Predict So Well?
1
The Strange Liberalism of Alexis de Tocqueville
27
Tocqueville on the Tension between Commerce and Citizenship
59
Why Did Tocqueville Think a Successful Revolution Was Impossible?
85
The Dark Side of Tocqueville On War and Empire
109
Hedonism and Nihilism The Predictions of Tocqueville and Nietzsche
127
The Prison Tocquevilles Model for Despotism
149
Tocqueville and Arendt on the Novelty of Modern Tyranny
169
Le Commerce A Newspaper Expressing Tocquevilles Unusual Liberalism
189
Index
211
About the Author
217
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Roger Boesche is professor of politics and Arthur G. Coons Distinguished Professor of the History of Ideas at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is the editor of Alexis de Tocqueville: Selected Letters on Politics and Society and author of The Strange Liberalism of Alexis de Tocqueville.

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