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Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings Paperback – March 30, 2009
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"A very welcome addition, in English translation, to what we know from Tocqueville about America in his master work. The translation is careful, and the introduction helpful. Altogether a book for everyone's Tocqueville shelf."
Harvey C. Mansfield, William R. Kenan, Jr Professor of Government, Harvard University
"These documents, mostly letters, show how Tocqueville's interest in America and American affairs extended well beyond his 1831 trip and the writing of his world famous Democracy in America. It is a merit of this volume to establish that Tocqueville remained faithful to most of his ideas about the United States, and particularly to the fact that slavery was the most dangerous problem for the Union's future. ... Although Tocqueville remained convinced all his life that the United States would overcome all crises, these letters show how he increasingly worried about American expansionism, immigration, and materialism and the dangers they posed to the young democracy. An essential book to understand Tocqueville's unremitting fascination with America."
Eduardo Nolla, Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Madrid
"Not only do Craiutu and Jennings provide an absorbing contextualization of Tocqueville's claim that his visit to the United States left him "half-Yankee", but their definitive edition of his correspondence with Americans after 1840 opens a fascinating window on the tangled web of elite opinion on slavery, imperialism, and economic growth before the Civil War. Their work is a boon for both Tocqueville scholars and historians of the nineteenth century."
Cheryl B. Welch, Harvard University
"A remarkable volume that includes everything the French political thinker and statesman wrote on the United States or American-related themes after the publication of the second volume of Democracy in America in 1840 until his death in 1859 ... It is thus a treasure trove for students of Tocquevile and American Democracy."
Daniel J. Mahoney, Claremont Review of Books
"This is in many respects an illuminating collection that goes far toward fulfilling the editors' aim of rejecting simplistic views of an Atlantic divide and replacing them with a more nuanced, historically informed conception of European views of America. ... Readers with an interest in French and British views of America will find much that is instructive."
Harry Libersohn, H-France
"Tocqueville on America after 1840 raises crucial questions about the evolution of Tocqueville's views on democracy in the latter half of his life, both in the thought-provoking introduction to the volume as by means of the selection and presentation of the material itself. The letters between Tocqueville and his friends are elegantly translated and the short biographical notices identifying Tocqueville's correspondences are particularly useful. In sum, with Tocqueville on America after 1840, Craiutu and Jennings have made a major contribution to Tocqueville studies."
Annelien de Dijn, History of European Ideas
"Craiutu's and Jenning's Tocqueville on America After 1840 is now an indispensable stop in the long journey of understanding all these problems and many others in Tocqueville's thought. With their commanding knowledge of sources, with their extremely lucid and insightful perspectives both on Tocqueville and his context, Craiutu and Jennings have published an outstanding work. It is indeed compulsory reading for all serious students of Tocqueville."
Miguel Morgado, Society
"Craiutu and Jenning's Toqueville on America after 1840 [is] a work that ranks among the most prominent achievements of both translation and analysis in the last twenty years."
Matthew J. Mancini, The Journal of Southern History
"While these letters do not constitute a true third volume to Democracy, they provide us with keen insight into Tocqueville's thoughts on the prospects of democracy after he became a famous writer. As such, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in Tocqueville and the state of antebellum America by one of France's best writers and thinkers."
Nineteenth-Century French Studies
"... incisive and important ... Altogether this is a valuable and much needed collection that will deepen as well as widen our understanding of Tocqueville's contribution to political philosophy."
Following the publication of the second volume of Democracy in America in 1840 until his death in 1859, Alexis de Tocqueville continued to monitor American political developments, expressing his thoughts through letters, articles, and speeches. Tocqueville on America after 1840 provides access to this neglected part of Tocqueville's work, revealing his shift in thinking and growing disenchantment with America.