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Alexis de Tocqueville

1805 - 1859

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Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, comte de Tocqueville (French: [a.lɛ‿də tɔk.vil]; 29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859), colloquially known as Tocqueville (), was a French aristocrat, diplomat, political scientist, political philosopher and historian. He is best known for his works Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes, 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both, he analyzed the living standards and social conditions of individuals as well as their relationship to the market and state in Western societies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexis de Tocqueville has received more than 2,304,307 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Alexis de Tocqueville is the 11th most popular historian, the 186th most popular biography from France (down from 172nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Historian.

Alexis de Tocqueville is most famous for his book "Democracy in America." He traveled to the United States in 1831 and wrote a book about his experiences.

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Among historians, Alexis de Tocqueville ranks 11 out of 339Before him are Tacitus, Livy, Sima Qian, Josephus, Polybius, and Suetonius. After him are Diodorus Siculus, Thomas Kuhn, Manetho, Hecataeus of Miletus, Procopius, and Cassius Dio.

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Among people born in 1805, Alexis de Tocqueville ranks 2Before him is Hans Christian Andersen. After him are Giuseppe Mazzini, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Ferdinand de Lesseps, William Rowan Hamilton, Joseph Smith, Fanny Mendelssohn, Louis Auguste Blanqui, Maria Anna of Bavaria, and Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Among people deceased in 1859, Alexis de Tocqueville ranks 3Before him are Alexander von Humboldt and Klemens von Metternich. After him are Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Oscar I of Sweden, Carl Ritter, Wilhelm Grimm, John Vianney, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Josip Jelačić, Washington Irving, and Louis Spohr.

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In France

Among people born in France, Alexis de Tocqueville ranks 186 out of 6,011Before him are Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663), Louis de Broglie (1892), Gérard Depardieu (1948), Jean-Luc Godard (1930), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), and Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789). After him are Théodore Géricault (1791), Louis VII of France (1120), Alfred Sisley (1839), Alfred Dreyfus (1859), Guy of Lusignan (1150), and Roland Barthes (1915).

Among HISTORIANS In France

Among historians born in France, Alexis de Tocqueville ranks 2Before him are Tacitus (54). After him are Fernand Braudel (1902), Marc Bloch (1886), Hippolyte Taine (1828), Jacques Le Goff (1924), Lucien Febvre (1878), Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540), Geoffrey of Villehardouin (1150), Gaston Maspero (1846), Georges Duby (1919), and Jean-Pierre Vernant (1914).