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Alexis de Tocqueville
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Democracy in America, Volume II (1840), Book Four, Chapter VIII
Alexis de Tocqueville
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Speaking in the Chamber of Deputies just prior to to outbreak of revolution in Europe (1848)
Alexis de Tocqueville
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Variant translation: History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.


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Born: July 29, 1805

Died: April 16, 1859 (aged 53)

Nationality: French

Occupation: Historian

Bio: 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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