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Alexis de Tocqueville

French political thinker and historian

Alexis Charles-Henri-Maurice Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville (/ˈtkvɪl, ˈtɒk-/;[4] French: [alɛgzi də tɔkvil]; 29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859) was a French diplomat, political scientist and historian. He was best known for his works Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes, 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856).

Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis de tocqueville.jpg
1850 portrait by Théodore Chassériau
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
2 June 1849 – 30 October 1849
Prime MinisterOdilon Barrot
Preceded byÉdouard Drouyn de Lhuys
Succeeded byAlphonse de Rayneval
Member of the National Assembly
for Manche
In office
25 April 1848 – 3 December 1851
Preceded byLéonor-Joseph Havin
Succeeded byHervé de Kergorlay
ConstituencySainte-Mère-Église
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
for Manche
In office
7 March 1839 – 23 April 1848
Preceded byJules Polydore Le Marois
Succeeded byGabriel-Joseph Laumondais
ConstituencyValognes
Personal details
Born
Alexis Charles Henri Clérel de Tocqueville

(1805-07-29)29 July 1805
Paris, French Empire
Died16 April 1859(1859-04-16) (aged 53)
Cannes, French Empire
Political partyMovement Party[1][2]
(1839–1848)
Party of Order
(1848–1851)
Spouse(s)
Mary Mottley
(m. 1835; died 1859)
Alma materUniversity of Paris
ProfessionHistorian, magistrate, jurist

Philosophy career
Notable work
Democracy in America (1835)
The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856)
Era19th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolLiberal conservatism[3]
Main interests
History, political philosophy, sociology
Notable ideas
Voluntary association, mutual liberty, soft despotism

ReferencesEdit

  1. Boucaud-Victoire, Kévin (2017). La guerre des gauches. Editions du Cerf.
  2. Véricour, Louis Raymond (1848). Modern French Literature. Gould, Kendall and Lincoln. p. 104.
  3. Lakoff, Sandoff (1998). "Tocqueville, Burke, and the Origins of Liberal Conservatism". The Review of Politics. 60(3): 435–464. doi:10.1017/S003467050002742X
  4. "Tocqueville". Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.