Exploring American Democracy

with Alexis de Tocqueville as Guide

Seminar Directors

Their Joint Work on Tocqueville

Arthur Goldhammer has translated and Olivier Zunz has edited Democracy in America (Library of America, 2004; Library of America Paperback Classics, 2012) as well as Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont in America: Their Friendship and Their Travels (University of Virginia Press, 2011). Goldhammer and Zunz have also just completed a new edition of Tocqueville's Recollections of the 1848 Revolution (forthcoming from University of Virginia Press), while Goldhammer has recently translated Tocqueville's other classic work, The Ancien Regime and the French Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Both Goldhammer and Zunz have written several essays on Tocqueville and on Democracy in America. Zunz has served as president of the Tocqueville Society, which publishes The Tocqueville Review, a bilingual French-English journal on whose editorial board both Zunz and Goldhammer sit.

Displaying OZ in Study.JPGOlivier Zunz is Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia.  He has held visiting appointments at the Collège de France and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.  He is the author of The Changing Face of Inequality:  Urbanization, Industrial Development, and Immigrants in Detroit, 1880-1920 (1982); Making America Corporate, 1870-1920 (1990); Why the American Century? (1998), and Philanthropy in America: A History (2012), all books translated into French and other languages.  In addition to his editions of Tocqueville’s works mentioned above, he is the editor of Reliving the Past: The Worlds of Social History (1985); coeditor, with David Ward, of The Landscape of Modernity: Essays on New York City, 1900-1940 (1992); and coeditor, with Leonard Schoppa and Nobuhiro Hiwatari of Social Contracts under Stress: The Middle Classes of America, Europe, and Japan at the Turn of the Century (2002).

He is currently working on a biography of Tocqueville.

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Displaying ArtCentralPark2014.PNGArthur Goldhammer Arthur Goldhammer has translated more than 125 books from French, including all of Tocqueville's major works and several works about Tocqueville, as well as books by many of France's seminal historians and political theorists, from Jacques LeGoff and François Furet to Pierre Rosanvallon and Thomas Piketty. A senior affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard, he is also on the editorial board of The Tocqueville Review and French Politics, Culture, and Society. He has published widely on French politics and culture.

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