Tocqueville and Beaumont

Aristocratic Liberalism in Democratic Times

  • Andreas┬áHess

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Andreas Hess
    Pages 19-48
  3. Andreas Hess
    Pages 131-141
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 143-153

About this book


This is the first concise study to give full credit to the collaboration of works between French nobleman, writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) and his travel companion and friend Gustave de Beaumont (1802-66), and puts this collaboration into its social, historical and theoretical context.

It accompanies the two friends to the US and analyses the fruitful encounter between the New and the Old World that was the result of that journey, particularly in relation to emerging Atlantic democracies and revolutions. This includes the hopes but also the problems and contradictions that they have come to represent. The book also follows Tocqueville and Beaumont to England, Ireland, and Algeria. It discusses their political careers and their engagement in the abolitionist movement, their fight for liberal social and political reform, as well as their futile attempt to rationalize French colonization in Algeria.


Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont Birth of American Democracy Aristocratic Liberalism and Tocqueville Democracy in America and Tocqueville Tocqueville and Beaumont in America Possibilities and Limitations of Aristocratic Liberalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Andreas┬áHess
    • 1
  1. 1.School of SociologyUniversity College DublinBelfield, DublinIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69666-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69667-6
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