Friend or foe? British receptions of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, 1835–1885

  title={Friend or foe? British receptions of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, 1835–1885},
  author={Hugo Bonin},
  journal={British Politics},
  • H. Bonin
  • Published 3 June 2021
  • History
  • British Politics
Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835, 1840) strongly influenced Western understandings of democracy. The dissemination and reception of Tocqueville’s ideas had been studied in various countries, but not in Britain. While some scholars did notice the British influence on Tocqueville, few have asked the reverse question: how did he shape the British political lexicon, especially when it came to the issue of ‘democracy’? Drawing on conceptual history and reception studies, this… 



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    Intellectual History Review
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