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After completing his research for Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville turned to the French consolidation of its empire in North Africa, which he believed deserving of similar attention. Tocqueville began studying Algerian history and culture, making two trips to Algeria in 1841 and 1846. He quickly became one of France's foremost experts on the country and wrote essays, articles, official letters, and parliamentary reports on such diverse topics as France's military and administrative policies in North Africa, the people of the Maghrib, his own travels in Algeria, and the practice of Islam. Throughout, Tocqueville consistently defended the French imperial project, a position that stands in tension with his admiration for the benefits of democracy he witnessed in America.<P>Although Tocqueville never published a book-length study of French North Africa, his various writings on the subject provide as invaluable a portrait of French imperialism as Democracy in America does of the Early Republic period in American history. In Writings on Empire and Slavery, Jennifer Pitts has selected and translated nine of his most important dispatches on Algeria, which offer startling new insights into both Tocqueville's political thought and French liberalism's attitudes toward the political, military, and moral aspects of France's colonial expansion. The volume also includes six articles Tocqueville wrote during the same period calling for the emancipation of slaves in France's Caribbean colonies.

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While extolled as a champion of freedom for his Democracy in America (1835), Tocqueville contradicted that image in later writings defending French imperialism in Algeria. Pitts (political science, Yale U.) introduces biographical details; his Arabic studies; initial liberal views on the pluralistic integration of Algerians and French settlers; and later reports defending military colonization, though also calling for abolition of slavery in the French West Indies. Most selections have not previously appeared in English; some are newly translated for the first time in some 20 years.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780801865091
Editor:
Pitts, Jennifer
Translator:
Pitts, Jennifer
Author:
Tocqueville, Alexis De
Author:
de Tocqueville, Alexis
Author:
Pitts, Jennifer
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
History
Subject:
France
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
Algeria
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
France Colonies.
Subject:
Algeria History 1830-1962.
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
chih 2
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.22x6.34x.93 in. 1.20 lbs.

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