DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA. Freely inspired to the book by Alexis De Tocqueville Direction, scenes, lights, costumes by Romeo Castellucci Texts by Claudia. Nel , sessant’anni dopo l’inizio della rivoluzione americana, Alexis de Tocqueville compì un viaggio di studio negli Stati Uniti, durante il quale esaminò . Title, La democrazia in America Classici del pensiero. Author, Alexis de Tocqueville. Editor, Nicola Matteucci. Publisher, UTET, ISBN, .

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When the first edition was published, Beaumont, sympathetic to social justice, was working on another book, Marie, ou, L’esclavage aux Etats-Unis two volumes,a social critique and novel describing the separation of races in a moral society alexxis the conditions of slaves in the United States.

Retrieved 24 June By the twentieth century, it had become a classic work of political sciencesocial scienceand history. According to him, the Puritans established the U.


This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. The Rhetoric of Women’s History”.

The primary focus of Democracy in America is an analysis of why republican representative democracy has succeeded in the United Aemrica while failing in so many other places. How the Americans understand the Equality of the sexes”. Mansfield calls it “at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America.

Noting the rise of the industrial sector in the American economy, Tocqueville, some scholars have argued, also correctly predicted that an industrial aristocracy would rise from the ownership of labor.

Mutual liberty Soft despotism. The American Revolution then popularized this principle, followed by the Constitutional Convention ofwhich developed institutions to manage popular will. Tocqueville traced the development of equality to a number of factors, such as granting all men permission to enter the clergywidespread economic opportunity resulting from the growth of trade and commerce, the royal sale of titles of nobility as a monarchical fundraising tool, and the abolition of primogeniture.


He amefica the potential acrimony over the abolition of slavery that would tear apart the United States and lead to the American Civil War as well as the eventual superpower rivalry between the United States and Russia, which exploded after World War II and spawned the Cold War.

Archived from the original on It is a commonly assigned reading for undergraduates of American universities majoring in the political or social sciences, and part of the introductory political theory syllabus at Cambridge, Oxford, Princeton and other institutions.

These include his belief that democracy has a tendency democrxzia degenerate into ” soft despotism ” as well as the risk of developing a tyranny of the majority.

He observes that the strong role religion played in the United States was due to its separation from the government, a separation all parties found agreeable. Because of his own view that a woman could not act on a level equal to a man, he saw a woman as alecis her father’s support to retain independence in marriage.

La democrazia in America

However, based ds Tocqueville’s correspondences with friends and colleagues, Marvin Zetterbaum, Professor Emeritus at University of California Davisconcludes that the Frenchman never accepted democracy as determined or inevitable. Married women, by contrast, lost all independence “in the bonds of matrimony” as “in America paternal discipline [by the woman’s father] is tocquwville relaxed and the conjugal tie very strict”.

Views Read Edit View history. Tocqueville’s work is often acclaimed for making a number of astute predictions.

French Wikisource has original text related to this article: Tocqueville begins his study of the U. In focqueville projects Wikimedia Commons.


You can help by converting this section to prose, if appropriate. Democracy in America was published in two volumes, the first in and the other in He observed that over the previous seven hundred years the social and economic conditions of tocquevile had become more equal.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He did, however, consider equality more just and therefore found himself among its partisans.

Translator’s Note — Arthur Goldhammer”. Librairie de Charles Gosselin. He calls the Puritan Founding the “seed” of his entire work. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville. Its title translates as On Democracy in Americabut English translations are usually simply entitled Democracy in Aelxis.

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In the introduction to his translation of the book, Harvard Professor Harvey Alwxis. Tocqueville and the problem of democracy. InAlexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont were sent by the French government to study the American prison system.

In addition, Tocqueville observes that they contributed a synthesis of religion and political liberty in America that was uncommon in Europe, particularly in France.

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University of Chicago Press. The Journal of American History.

While Tocqueville speaks highly of the U. Retrieved 22 April According to Tocqueville, democracy had some unfavorable consequences: Tocqueville observed that social mechanisms have paradoxes, as in what later became known as the Tocqueville effect: