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The Recollections of Alexis De Toqueville (original 1893; edition 1957)

by Alexis; De Mattos Tocqueville, Alexandra Teixeira, Trans; Mayer, J.P. Ed. De

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Title:The Recollections of Alexis De Toqueville
Authors:Alexis; De Mattos Tocqueville, Alexandra Teixeira, Trans; Mayer, J.P. Ed. De
Info:Meridian Books (1957), Paperback
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Recollections by Alexis de Tocqueville (1893)

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Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) is beroemd door zijn analyses van het postrevolutionaire Amerika en het prerevolutionaire Frankrijk. Maar in de jaren tussen het verschijnen van De la démocratie en Amérique en het schrijven van L’Ancien Régime et la Révolution was hij zelf als actief lid van het Franse parlement volop in de gelegenheid de voorgeschiedenis, het uitbreken en de ontwikkeling van de Februarirevolutie van 1848 van dichtbij te volgen. Hij bekleedde zelfs gedurende enkele maanden in 1849 de functie van minister van Buitenlandse Zaken. Na de staatsgreep van Lodewijk Napoleon, de latere keizer Napoleon III, trok Tocqueville zich echter terug uit de politiek.
Om zich rekenschap te geven van het gebeurde zette hij zich aan het schrijven van zijn Souvenirs, die niet voor publicatie bestemd waren en pas in 1893 door een achterneef werden uitgegeven. Ze vormen niet alleen een levendig ooggetuigeverslag van de revolutie, maar laten Tocqueville ook zien als een scherpe waarnemer van het politieke toneel, een soms dodelijke portrettist van de hoofdrolspelers en een criticus die hun gedrag aforistisch-precies onder woorden weet te brengen. Daarbij maakt zijn stijl, die `een opmerkelijke en haast paradoxale combinatie van degelijkheid en gratie’ is genoemd, dat het boek leest als een roman.

Dit is de eerste volledige Nederlandse vertaling van de Souvenirs.
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Now that for the moment I am out of the stream of public life, and the uncertain state of my health does not even allow me to follow any consecutive study, I have in my solitude for a time turned my thoughts to myself, or rather to those events of the recent past in which I played a part or stood as witness.
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Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America is perhaps the most famous analysis of the social and political structure of the United States in the early 19th century. As a contemporary of the Founding Fathers and a detached objective observer, de Tocqueville is one of the most important political scientists to write about America, and many of his observations on issues like slavery would prove particularly prescient. As a result, his seminal work is still considered a must read for anyone interested in American history.
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Tocqueville was not only an active participant in the French Revolution of 1848, he was also a deeply perceptive observer with a detached attitude of mind. He saw the pitfalls of the course his country was taking more clearly than any of his contemporaries, including Karl Marx. Recollectionswas first written for self-clarification. It is both an exciting, candid, behind-the-scenes account of what actually happened during those tumultuous months and a remarkably shrewd analysis that has become an accurate forecast of future societies wrestling with the dilemma of synthesizing equality and freedom. Thus the book has a relevance that extends beyond France, to our own country and others, a relevance that is explored in J.P. Mayer's new introduction. Out of print in English for several years, Recollectionsis presented here in a translation based on the definitive French edition of 1964. It captures the wit and subtlety of mind that have made this book one of the most popular of all Tocqueville's works. Tocqueville's own comments, which he wrote into the manuscript, including his variants, are given, and the editors have added explanatory notes. de this book one of the most popular of all Tocqueville's works. Tocqueville's own comments, which he wrote into the manuscript, including his variants, are given, and the editors have added explanatory notes.… (more)

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