Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville

Born: July 29, 1805

Died: April 16, 1859

Nationality: French

Occupation: Historian

Biography: Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution. In both of these works, he explored the effects of the rising equality of social conditions on the individual and the state in western societies.

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Source/Notes: In French: "Il était aussi grand qu'un homme puisse l'être sans la vertu." - As reported in: "Discours de réception a L'Académie Française prononcé le 21 Avril 1842" Oeuvres complètes, vol. IX, p. 17

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