Democracy in America Vol. II

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)
Translated by Henry Reeve (1813 - 1895)

Democracy in America was published in two volumes, the first in 1835 and the second in 1840. It is a classic work on the United States in the 1830s and its strengths and weaknesses as seen from a European point of view. It is also regarded as a pioneering work of sociology. (Summary based on Wikipedia)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Political Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 De Tocqueville's Preface To Vol II Sibella Denton
Play 01 Part I: De Tocqueville's Preface To The Second Part: part1,chapter1: Philosophical Method Among the Americans; p1c02: Of The Principal Source Of Belief Among Democratic Nations Leon Mire
Play 02 p1c03: Why The Americans Display More Readiness And More Taste For General Ideas Than Their Forefathers, The English; 1.04: Why The Americans Have Never Been So Eager As The French ForGeneral Ideas In Political Matters Leon Mire
Play 03 1.05: Of The Manner In Which Religion In The United States Avails Itself Of Democratic Tendencies; 1.06: Of The Progress Of Roman Catholicism In The United States Anna Simon
Play 04 1.07: Of The Cause Of A Leaning To Pantheism Amongst Democratic Nations; 1.08: The Principle of Equality Suggests to the Americans the Idea of the Indefinite Perfectibility of Man Anna Simon
Play 05 1.09: The Example of the Americans Does Not Prove That a Democratic People Can Have No Aptitude and No Taste for Science, Literature, or Art; 1.10: Why the Americans Are More Addicted to Practical Than to Theoretical Science Anna Simon
Play 06 1.11: The Spirit in Which the Americans Cultivate the Arts; 1.12: Why the Americans Raise Some Monuments So Insignificant, and Others So Important Sibella Denton
Play 07 1.13: Literary Characteristics of Democratic Ages; 1.14: The Trade of Literature Sibella Denton
Play 08 1.15: The Study of Greek and Latin Literature Peculiarly Useful in Democratic Communities; 1.16: The Effect of Democracy on Language Leon Mire
Play 09 1.17: Some of the Sources of Poetry among Democratic Nations; 1.18: Of the Inflated Style of American Writers and Orators Ralph Volpi
Play 10 1.19: Some Observations on the Drama amongst Democratic Nations; 1.20: Characteristics of Historians in Democratic Ages Ralph Volpi
Play 11 1.21: Of Parliamentary Eloquence in the United States Sibella Denton
Play 12 Part 2: Influence of Democracy on the Feelings of Americans 2.01: Why Democratic Nations Show a More Ardent and Enduring Love of Equality than of Liberty; 2.02: Of Individualism in Democratic Countries Ralph Volpi
Play 13 2.03: Individualism Stronger at the Close of a Democratic Revolution than at Other Periods; 2.04: That the Americans Combat the Effects of Individualism by Free Institutions Ralph Volpi
Play 14 2.05: Of the Use which the Americans Make of Public Associations in Civil Life; 2.06: Of the Relation between Public Associations and the Newspapers Ralph Volpi
Play 15 2.07: Connection of Civil and Political Associations; 2.08: The Americans Combat Individualism by the Principle of Interest Rightly Understood Ralph Volpi
Play 16 2.09: That the Americans Apply the Principle of Interest Rightly Understood to Religious Matters; 2.10: Of the Taste for Physical Well-Being in America hearhis
Play 17 2.11: Peculiar Effects of the Love of Physical Gratifications in Democratic Ages; 2.12: Causes of Fanatical Enthusiasm in Some Americans hearhis
Play 18 2.13: Causes of the Restless Spirit of Americans in the Midst of Their Prosperity; 2.14: Taste for Physical Gratifications United in America to Love of Freedom and Attention to Public Affairs hearhis
Play 19 2.15 That Religious Belief Sometimes Turns the Thoughts of the Americans to Immaterial Pleasures; 2.16: That Excessive Care of Worldly Welfare May Impair That Welfare hearhis
Play 20 2.17: That in Times Marked by Equality of Conditions and Sceptical Opinions, It Is Important to Remove to a Distance the Objects of Human Actions; 2.18: That Amongst the Americans All Honest Callings Are Honorable Ralph Volpi
Play 21 2.19: That Almost All the Americans Follow Industrial Callings; 2.20: That Aristocracy May Be Engendered by Manufactures Anna Simon
Play 22 3:21 Why Great Revolutions Will Become More Rare , 3:22 Why Democratic Nations Are Naturally Desirous Of Peace, And Democratic Armies Of War Anna Simon
Play 23 3:23 Which Is The Most Warlike And Most Revolutionary Class In Democratic Armies?. 3:24 Chapter XXIV: Causes Which Render Democratic Armies Weaker Than Other Armies At The Outset Of A Campaign, And More Formidable In Protracted Warfare Anna Simon
Play 24 3:25 Of Discipline In Democratic Armies . 3.26 Some Considerations On War In Democratic Communities Anna Simon
Play 25 Book 3 : Influence of Democracy on Manners, Properly So Called 3.01: That Manners Are Softened as Social Conditions Become More Equal; 3.02: That Democracy Renders the Habitual Intercourse of the Americans Simple and Easy Anna Simon
Play 26 3.03: Why the Americans Show So Little Sensitiveness in Their Own Country, and Are So Sensitive in Europe; 3.04: Consequences of the Three Preceding Chapters Anna Simon
Play 27 3.05: How Democracy Affects the Relation of Masters and Servents; 3.06: That Democratic Institutions and Manners Tend to Raise Rents and Shorten the Terms of Leases Sibella Denton
Play 28 3.07: Influence of Democracy on Wager; 3.08: Influence of Democracy on Kindred Sibella Denton
Play 29 3.09: Education of Young Women in the United States; 3.10: The Young Woman in the Character of a Wife Ransom
Play 30 3.11: That the Equality of Conditions Contributes to the Maintenance of Good Morals in America; 3.12: How the Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes Anna Simon
Play 31 3.13: That the Principle of Equality Naturally Divides the Americans into a Small Number of Private Circles; 3.14: Some Reflections on American Manners Anna Simon
Play 32 3.15: Of the Gravity of the Americans, and Why It Does Not Prevent Them from Often Committing Inconsiderate Actions; 3.16: Why the National Vanity of the Americans Is More Restless and Captious than That of the English Anna Simon
Play 33 3.17: That the Aspect of Society in the United States Is at Once Excited and Monotonous; 3.18: Of Honor in the United States and in Democratic Communities John Lieder
Play 34 3.19: Why So Many Ambitious Men and So Little Lofty Ambition Are to Be Found in the United States; 3.20: The Trade of Place-Hunting in Certain Democratic Countries Anna Simon
Play 35 Book 4: Influence of Democratic Opinions on Political Society 4.01: That Equality Naturally Gives Men a Taste for Free Institutions; 4.02: That the Notions of Democratic Nations on Government Are Naturally Favorable to the Concentration of Power Sibella Denton
Play 36 4.03: That the Sentiments of Democratic Nations Accord with Their Opinions in Leading Them to Concentrate on Political Power; 4.04: Of Certain Peculiar and Accidental Causes which Either Lead a People to Complete Centralization of Government, or Which Divert Them from It Sibella Denton
Play 37 4.05: That Amongst the European Nations of Our Time the Power of Governments Is Increasing, although the Persons Who Govern Are Less Stable; 4.06: What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear Sibella Denton
Play 38 4.07: Continuation of the Preceding Chapters; 4.08: General Survey of the Subject Sibella Denton