Tocqueville’s Voyages is a collection of newly written essays by some of the most well-known Tocquevillian scholars today. The essays in the first part of the volume explore the development of Tocqueville’s thought, his intellectual voyage, during his trip to America and while writing Democracy in America. The second part of the book focuses on the dissemination of Tocqueville’s ideas beyond the Franco-American context of 1835–1840 in places such as Argentina, Japan, and Eastern Europe.
The articles and contributors are as follows:
Part 1: Tocqueville as Voyager
Hidden from View: Tocqueville’s Secrets Eduardo NollaTocqueville’s Voyages: To and From America? S. J. D. GreenDemocratic Dangers, Democratic Remedies, and the Democratic Character James T. SchleiferTocqueville’s Journey into America Jeremy JenningsAlexis de Tocqueville and the Two-Founding Thesis James W. CeaserTocqueville’s “New Political Science” Catherine H. ZuckertDemocratic Grandeur: How Tocqueville Constructed His New Moral Science in America Alan S. KahanIntimations of Philosophy in Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” Harvey C. MansfieldAn Undertow of Race Prejudice in the Current of Democratic Transformation: Tocqueville on the “Three Races” of North America Barbara AllenTocqueville’s Reflections on a Democratic Paradox Jean-Louis BenoîtOut of Africa: Tocqueville’s Imperial Voyages Cheryl B. WelchPart 2: Tocquevillian Voyages
Tocqueville’s Voyage of Discovery from Sicily to America Filippo SabettiTocqueville, Argentina, and the Search for a Point of Departure Enrique AguilarTocqueville and Eastern Europe Aurelian CraiutuTocqueville and “Democracy in Japan Reiji MatsumotoThis book gives readers unprecedented access to the development of Tocqueville’s thought as seen through the eyes of some of today’s most preeminent Tocquevillian scholars. Not only do the essays shed fresh light on the ideas in Democracy in America, but they also invite readers to reassess previous interpretations of Tocqueville’s great work and to consider its continued relevance to the world today.
Christine Dunn Henderson is a Senior Fellow at Liberty Fund.