Tocqueville, Covenant, and the Democratic Revolution: Harmonizing Earth with Heaven
Tocqueville, Covenant, and the Democratic Revolution examines the intellectual and institutional context in which Alexis de Tocqueville developed his understanding of American political culture, with its profound influence on his democratic theory. American democracy, Tocqueville maintained, had emerged from the covenant tradition of Reformed Protestantism. The covenant, or foederal, theology of New England Puritans provided the ideational basis for federated church and civil government, which directly influenced the American constitutionalism and the republican institutions that Tocqueville later observed. Tocqueville suggested that the principles underlying American constitutionalism offered broader lessons in the art and science of self-government. An important book for scholars of Tocqueville as well as American political thought, this book suggests that an understanding of the American covenant tradition is critical to our interpretation of Tocqueville's analysis of the democratic revolution and the 'new science of politics' it necessitated.
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POINT OF DEPARTURE Covenant and the Democratic Revolution
ORDERLY KNIT TOGETHER Colonial Covenants and Federations
HARMONIZING EARTH WITH HEAVEN Church and State in the Federal Republic
THE HOPES AND FEARS OF THE DEMOCRATIC AGE
ANOTHER FORM OF HOPE Religious Belief and the Democratic Soul
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ASSOCIATION The Federal Matrix and the Voluntary Society
A FAILURE OF HEART AND MIND Conformity Uniformity and Despotism in the Democratic Social Power
DEMOCRACY AND PARADOX
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