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Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville


Second Edition of Part I, in two volumes with original foldout map. Published in two parts, the first published in 1835 and the second volume published in 1840. “Democracy in America” was a result of Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont’s 1831-1832 tour of the United States, commissioned by the French Government to study the American prison system.

The first part is an examination of American social and political institutions and practices. The second part demonstrated that democracy could be the foundation of a stable political system. Upon its publication, it was immediately popular in both Europe and the United States.

The work is often acclaimed for making several predictions which include the anticipation of potential hostility over the abolition of slavery, leading to the American Civil War, as well as the rivalry between the United States and Russia, which produced the Cold War. “Democracy in America” has become a classic work in political science, social science, and history.

TITLE: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

Published: 1836

Catalogue: #0352-0353


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