Selected Letters on Politics and Society

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Correspondence by the eminent nineteenth-century French historian documents his polical views, his careers as a writer and politician, and his complex personality
 

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Contents

A Note on the Edition
21
One Youth and the Journey to North America
27
To Hippolyte de Tocqueville December 4 1831
65
To LouiseMadeleineMarguerite Le Pelletier de Rosanbo Countess de Tocqueville December
68
Two Political Speculation Democracy in America and Election to the Chamber of Deputies
74
To Gustave de Beaumont April 4 1832
77
To Eugène Stoffels January 12 1833
80
IS To Gustave de Beaumont August 13 1833
82
To Gustave de Beaumont September 24 1848
217
To Paul Clamorgan December 22 1848
223
Five Louis Napoleon and the Emergence of the Second Empire 18491891
226
To Gustave de Beaumont May 18 1849
230
To Gustave de Beaumont November 4 1849
234
To Gustave de Beaumont November 28 1849
239
To Arthur de Gobineau January 7 1850
245
To Gustave de Beaumont June 14 1850
246

To Mary Mottley August 26 1833
85
To Louis de Kergorlay November 11 1833
88
To Louis de Kergorlay September 21 1834
92
To Louis de Kergorlay January 1835
93
To Nassau William Senior February 21 1835
96
To Eugène Stoffels February 21 1835
98
To John Stuart Mill June 1835
100
To Louis de Kergorlay July 6 1835
103
To Gustave de Beaumont November 15 1835
105
To ClaudeFrançois de Corcelle July 27 1836
108
To Eugène Stoffels October 5 1836
112
To Henry Reeve March 22 1837
115
To PierrePaul RoyerCollard August 20 1837
117
To Gustave de Beaumont November 12 1837
121
To Gustave de Beaumont March 21 1838
123
To Gustave de Beaumont April 22 1838
126
To Paul Clamorgan January 1 1839
131
To Gustave de Beaumont March 7 1839
133
Three The Politics of the July Monarchy 18391847
134
To Paul Clamorgan March 7 1840
139
To Henry Reeve April 12 1840
141
To Gustave de Beaumont August 9 1840
142
To PierrePaul RoyerCollard August 15 1840
143
To Edouard de Tocqueville November 2 1840
147
To John Stuart Mill March 18 1841
149
To JeanJacques Ampère August 10 1841
152
To PierrePaul RoyerCollard September 27 1841
153
To Paul Clamorgan April 17 1842
157
To Gustave de Beaumont September 19 1842
159
To Gustave de Beaumont December 15 1842
162
To Gustave de Beaumont November 6 1843
165
To Gustave de Beaumont December 9 1844
168
Gustave de Beaumont to Tocqueville December 10 1844
172
To Gustave de Beaumont December 13 or 20 1844
176
so To Gustave de Beaumont December 14 1846
177
To Paul Clamorgan February 13 1847
184
To Nassau William Senior August 25 1847
188
To Louis de Kergorlay October 18 1847
189
Four From the February Revolution to the Election of Louis Napoleon 1848
195
To Paul Clamorgan March 7 1848
199
To Nassau William Senior April 10 1848
205
To Gustave de Beaumont April 22 1848
208
To Lord Radnor May 26 1848
211
To Paul Clamorgan June 24 1848
212
To Eugène Stoffels July 21 1848
214
To Harriet Grote July 24 1850
250
To Louis de Kergorlay December 15 1850
252
To Gustave de Beaumont September 14 1851
258
Six From the Beginning of the Second Empire to the Publication of The Old Regime 18521856
279
To Henry Reeve January 9 1852
283
To Gustave de Beaumont March 23 1853
285
To Gustave de Beaumont April 8 1853
288
To ClaudeFrançois de Corcelle September 17 1853
292
To Pierre Freslon September 23 1853
295
To Arthur de Gobineau November 17 1853
297
To Adolphe de Circourt December 7 1853
301
To Arthur de Gobineau December 20 1853
302
To Gustave de Beaumont July 16 1854
305
To Gustave de Beaumont August 6 1854
307
To Theodore Sedgwick August 14 1854
310
To Gustave de Beaumont February 21 1855
311
To Gustave de Beaumont March 8 1855
315
To ClaudeFrançois de Corcelle October 16 1855
320
To Gustave de Beaumont November 22 1855
321
To Gustave de Beaumont January 1 1856
324
To Sophie Swetchine January 7 1856
325
To Gustave de Beaumont February 22 1856
327
To Gustave de Beaumont April 24 1856
329
Seven The Final Years 18561859
333
To Sophie Swetchine September 10 1856
336
To JeanneRachel de Cordoue Countess de MandatGrancey December 28 1856
339
To Arthur de Gobineau January 24 1857
342
To Sophie Swetchine February 11 1857
348
To Hubert de Tocqueville February 23 1857
349
To Gustave de Beaumont February 1857
352
To ClaudeFrançois de Corcelle July 29 1857
354
To Louis de Kergorlay August 4 1857
355
To Lord Hatherton November 27 1857
358
To Henry Reeve January 30 1858
360
To Gustave de Beaumont February 27 1858
365
To Pierre Freslon March 16 1858
370
To Louis de Kergorlay May 16 1858
371
To Arthur de Gobineau September 16 1858
374
To Gustave de Beaumont March 4 1859
377
Biographical Sketches of Tocquevilles Correspondents
379
Chronology
390
Sources for the Texts
398
Index
405
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About the author (1985)

French writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Verneuil to an aristocratic Norman family. He entered the bar in 1825 and became an assistant magistrate at Versailles. In 1831, he was sent to the United States to report on the prison system. This journey produced a book called On the Penitentiary System in the United States (1833), as well as a much more significant work called Democracy in America (1835--40), a treatise on American society and its political system. Active in French politics, Tocqueville also wrote Old Regime and the Revolution (1856), in which he argued that the Revolution of 1848 did not constitute a break with the past but merely accelerated a trend toward greater centralization of government. Tocqueville was an observant Catholic, and this has been cited as a reason why many of his insights, rather than being confined to a particular time and place, reach beyond to see a universality in all people everywhere.

Roger Boesche was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 24, 1948. He received a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University. He began teaching at Occidental College in 1977 and retired in 2017. An expert on political theory and history, he wrote several books including Theories of Tyranny: From Plato to Arendt and The Strange Liberalism of Alexis de Tocqueville. He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 15. After more than a dozen surgeries, he was told by one doctor not to expect to live past 60. He died in his sleep on May 23, 2017 at the age of 69.

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