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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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Its title translates as On Democracy in Americabut English translations are usually simply entitled Democracy in America. It was immediately popular in both Europe and the United States, while also having a profound impact on the French population. Tocqueville begins his study of the U. Tocqueville observed that social mechanisms have paradoxes, as in what later became known as the Tocqueville effect: Retrieved 24 June Tocqueville described this revolution as a “providential fact” [5] of an “irresistible revolution,” leading some to criticize the determinism found in the book.

La democrazia in America

This article is about the book written by Tocqueville. Tocqueville speculates on the future of democracy in the United States, discussing possible threats to democracy and possible dangers of democracy. By the twentieth century, it had become a classic work of political sciencesocial scienceand history.

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In the introduction to his translation of the book, Harvard Professor Harvey C. The Rhetoric of Women’s History”. Gustave de Beaumont Francis J. Tocqueville also outlines the possible excesses of passion for equality among men, foreshadowing the totalitarian states of the twentieth century. The young Woman in the Character of a Wife”.

This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat French Wikisource has original text related to this article: Mansfield calls it “at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. He observed that over the previous seven hundred years the social and economic conditions of men had become more equal. According to him, the Puritans established the U. He argues that the collapse of aristocracy lessened the patriarchal rule in the family where fathers would control daughters’ marriages, meaning that women had the option of remaining unmarried and retaining a higher degree of independence.


Tocqueville’s views on the United States took a darker turn afterhowever, as made evident in Aurelian Craiutu’s Tocqueville on America after Before finishing Democracy in AmericaTocqueville believed that Beaumont’s study of the United States would prove more comprehensive and penetrating.

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

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He anticipates the potential acrimony americca 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, democrazzia exploded after World War II and spawned the Cold War. In addition, Tocqueville observes that they contributed a synthesis of religion and political liberty in America that was uncommon in Europe, particularly in France.

Librairie de Charles Gosselin. 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 remocrazia sale of titles of nobility as a monarchical fundraising tool, and the abolition of primogeniture.

As for myself, I do not hesitate to avow that although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is in some respects one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen women occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked, Tocqueville’s work is often acclaimed for making a number of astute predictions. Views Read Edit Df history. On the other hand, Tocqueville proved shortsighted in noting that a democracy’s equality of maerica stifles literary development.


Demlcrazia was one of the first social critics to examine the situation of U. He did, however, consider equality more just and therefore found himself among its partisans. This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The primary focus of Democracy in America is an analysis of why republican representative democracy has succeeded in the United States while failing in so many other places.

In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous several hundred years. The aristocracyTocqueville believed, was gradually disappearing as the modern world experienced the beneficial effects of equality.

Translator’s Note — Arthur Goldhammer”. Given the social state that was emerging, Tocqueville believed that a “new political science” would be needed, in order to:.

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He contrasts this to France where there alexxis what he perceived to be an unhealthy antagonism between democrats and the religious, which he relates to the connection between church and state.

InAlexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont were sent by the French government to study the American prison system. Tocqueville believed that the Puritans established the principle of sovereignty of the people in the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut.

Equally, in dismissing the country’s interest in science as limited to pedestrian applications for streamlining the production of material goods, he failed to imagine America’s burgeoning appetite for pure scientific research and discovery. He warned that ‘ Retrieved from ” https: