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The story in a nutshell: Although these days we take it for granted, for a long time democracy had been far from proven to be a viable, stable  system of government; for example, just 15 years after the US established the peaceful democracy we now know and  love, France tried doing the same thing, but in their case quickly leading to disaster, chaos, massive bloodshed and  an eventual military dictatorship. That's why the French government sent 25-year-old Alexis de Tocqueville to the US  and Canada in 1831, to study why this had gone so right there and so wrong in their own country, and especially when  it came to the establishment of a fair and efficient justice system, of which France at the time was in dire need of an  overhaul. de Tocqueville's eventual two-volume report, then, was essentially the first modern, sophisticated analysis  of the democratic process ever written, and as such contained plenty of conclusions that came as big surprises -- that  democratic stability in the US, for example, was mostly due to the intense ideological support of the system by the 
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