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379, May, 1847, by Various This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No.
379, May, 1847 Author: Various Release Date: November 20, 2007 [EBook #23572] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK BLACKWOOD’S EDINBURGH *** Produced by Brendan O’Connor, Jonathan Ingram, Josephine Paolucci and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net.
(This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Library of Early Journals.) BLACKWOOD’S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE. No.
CCCLXXIX.
MAY, 1847.
VOL.
LXI. Transcriber’s Note: Minor typos have been corrected and footnotes moved to the end of each article. M.
DE TOCQUEVILLE.[1] M.
De Tocqueville is one of the greatest, perhaps the very greatest, of the political philosophers of the present day.
Alone of all his contemporaries, his best works will bear a comparison with those of Machiavelli and Bacon.
Less caustic and condensed than Tacitus, less imaginative and eloquent than Burke, he possesses the calm judgment, the discriminating eye, and the just reflection, which have immortalised the Florentine statesman and the English philosopher.
Born and bred in the midst of the vehement strife of parties in his own country, placed midway, as it were, between the ruins of feudal and the reconstruction of modern society in France, he has surveyed the contest with an impartial gaze.
He has brought to the examination of republican institutions in the United States, the eye of calm reason and the powers of philosophic reflection.
The war-cries, the illusions, the associations of neither par...





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