Publisher description for De Tocqueville : the Ancien Regime and the French Revolution / Jon Elster ; Arthur Goldhammer.


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This new translation of an undisputed classic aims to be both accurate and readable. Tocqueville's subtlety of style and profundity of thought offer a challenge to readers as well as to translators. As both a Tocqueville scholar and an award-winning translator, Arthur Goldhammer is uniquely qualified for the task. In his Introduction, Jon Elster draws on his recent work to lay out the structure of Tocqueville' argument. Readers will appreciate The Ancien Re;gime and the French Revolution for its sense of irony as well as tragedy, for its deep insights into political psychology and for its impassioned defense of liberty.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Causes.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General -- bisacsh.