Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville

1805–1859

Nationality: French

Historical Period: The 19th Century

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was an enormously influential French political philosopher, politician, and historian. After a trip to the U.S. in 1831 to observe the penal system he wrote Democracy in America (1835). He served as a member of parliament in the July Monarchy and the 1848 Revolution, writing an important memoir about the events of that upheaval. His last major work was a unfinished history of The Ancien Régime and the Revolution (1856).

See the Liberty Matters online discussion of “Tocqueville’s New Science of Politics Revisited”.