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The Principles of Sociology: Volumes 1, 2 & 3

The Principles of Sociology: Volumes 1, 2 & 3

Herbert Spencer
March 31, 2001

Herbert Spencer sought to unify all of the sciences and ethics under a common set of theoretical principles loosely derived from the physics of his time and outlined in First Principles (1862). The Principles of Sociology was a later work in Spencer's grand scheme, with the first installments...

Social and Cultural Dynamics: A Study of Change in Major Systems of Art, Truth, Ethics, Law and Social Relationships

Social and Cultural Dynamics: A Study of Change in Major Systems of Art, Truth, Ethics, Law and Social Relationships

Pitirim Sorokin
January 30, 1985

This classic work is a revised and abridged version, in a single volume, of the work which more than any other catapulted Pitirim Sorokin into being one of the most famed figures of twentieth-century sociology. Its original publication occurred before World War II. This revised version, written...

French Political and Intellectual History

French Political and Intellectual History

Samuel Bernstein
January 30, 1983

 In this collection of remarkable essays, initially published in 1955 and now available in paperback for the first time, Samuel Bernstein elucidates the meaning of human striving for improvement with regard to the problems raised by one of the most turbulent periods of history. Written with...

The Hidden Society

The Hidden Society

Wilhelm Aubert
January 30, 1982

Societies consider certain institutions and activities as central, proper, and visible, while others are defined as peripheral, deviant, and private. Vilhelm Aubert takes us to the "hidden" societies: the privacy of love, the secrecy of the underground, the remoteness of a ship, the isolation of...

Society in America

Society in America

Harriet Martineau
December 31, 1981

Harriet Martineau brought to her observations the convictions of a vehement English liberal and an astonishingly modern sociological approach. In 1834 she wrote the first draft of How to Observe Manners and Morals--perhaps the earliest book on the methodology of social research. In abridging the...

Lectures on the Relation Between Law and Public Opinion in England During the Nineteenth Century

Lectures on the Relation Between Law and Public Opinion in England During the Nineteenth Century

Albert Venn Dicey
January 30, 1981

The famed 1914 edition of this classic is one of the small handful of works that deserve to be read by Americans to understand the 1980s. Indeed, the final three chapters, describing the decline of will and consensus in late Victorian England, stand as a stark, unmistakable reminder that such...

Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties: Volume 1

Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties: Volume 1

M Ostrogorski, Seymour Martin Lipset
January 30, 1981

Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties, originally published in 1902, represented the first serious attempt to analyze the consequences of democratic suffrage by a comparative analysis of political systems. As such, Ostrogorski's two-volume study of the party system in Britain and the...

Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties: Volume 2

Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties: Volume 2

Moisei Ostrogorski
January 30, 1981

Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties, originally published in 1902, represented the first serious attempt to analyze the consequences of democratic suffrage by a comparative analysis of political systems. As such, Ostrogorski's two-volume study of the party system in Britain and the...

Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties: Two Volume Set

Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties: Two Volume Set

Moisei Ostrogorski
January 01, 1981

Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties, originally published in 1902, represented the first serious attempt to analyze the consequences of democratic suffrage by a comparative analysis of political systems. As such, Ostrogorski's two-volume study of the party system in Britain and the...

Cultural Sciences: Their Origin and Development

Cultural Sciences: Their Origin and Development

Florian Znaniecki
September 30, 1980

The Growth of the Mind

The Growth of the Mind

Kurt Koffka
January 30, 1980

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