Sorokin reunited with Kerensky


‘Colleagues of Revolution Meet in Boston’ (Kerensky, Sorokin) – Christian Sci Monitor


The Russian American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968), an ardent opponent of Communism, but an early supporter of the Russian Revolution, served during the Russian Revolution as secretary to Prime Minister Alexander Kerensky, who was a leader in the Russian Constituent Assembly.

After the October Revolution, Sorokin continued to fight communist leaders, and was arrested by the Bolshevik regime several times before he was eventually condemned to death. After six weeks in prison, he was set free and went back to teaching at the University of St. Petersburg. In 1918, he went on to become the founder of the sociology department at the University of St. Petersburg. In 1922, Sorokin was again arrested and this time exiled by the Soviet government. He emigrated in 1923 to the United States and was naturalized in 1930. Sorokin was professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota (1924–30) and at Harvard University (1930–59).

Attached here (above) as a downloadable PDF file is an article from the Christian Science Monitor of March 9, 1938. The article describes a meeting in Boston between Sorokin and Kerensky, who were reunited.


— Roger W. Smith

     September 2017

Author: Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Sites on WordPress hosted by Mr. Smith include: (1) (a personal site comprised of essays on a wide range of topics) ; (2) (covering principles and practices of writing); (3) (devoted to the author Theodore Dreiser); and (4) (devoted to sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin).

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