photographs of Pitirim A. Sorokin and his wife, Elena P. Sorokin

 

 

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my Sorokin books

 

 

my Sorokin books

 

 

The attached Word document (above) contains an inventory of books by and about the Russian-American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968) in my personal home library.

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

    September 2019

covers – books by Pitirim A. Sorokin

 

 

 

 

 

 

covers – books about Pitirim A. Sorokin

 

 

 

 

 

cover - Cowell, 'Values in Human Society'
F. R. Cowell, “Values in Human Society: The Contributions of Pitirim A. Sorokin to Sociology (F. Porter Sargent, 1970)

Pitirim Sorokin, “Lenin the Destroyer”

 

 

Sorokin, ‘Was Lenin a Failure’ – Forum 1924

 

 

Posted here (above) as a downloadable PDF file is an article by the Russian-American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.

The article was written shortly after Sorokin was banished from Russia and exiled by the Bolshevik regime.

Pitirim Sorokin, “Was Lenin a Failure?–A Debate: I–Lenin the Destroyer,” Forum, vol. LXXI, no. 4 (April 1924)

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

   September 2017

 

 

a bitter exchange

 

 

Crane Brinton, ‘Socio-Astrology’

 

‘Historionics’ (Sorkin Reply to Crane Brinton)

 

 

 

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A remarkable exchange between Harvard history professor Crane Brinton and Pitirim A. Sorokin, then chairman of Harvard’s Department of Sociology, occurred in 1937 and 1938 in the pages of The Southern Review, a respected journal. That it appeared in The Southern Review, a literary journal, rather than a journal devoted to history or sociology, is noticeable.

Professor Brinton’s article comprised as an appraisal of the first three volumes of Sorokin’s magnum opus, Social and Cultural Dynamics. It was not a standard review, by any means; it was, in fact an essay-review. It was over twenty pages long. Professor Sorokin’s rejoinder was about ten pages long.

Brinton attacks Sorokin with no holds barred, criticizing everything from the methodology and assumptions underlying the work to what he views as Sorokin’s atrocious prose style. Sorokin, clearly stung by the review, responded with a strenuous defense of his work in which he seemed at times to be on the defensive and in other sections of his rejoinder essay tried to even the score with a vigorous counterattack.

The two articles are posted above as downloadable PDF files.

Crane Brinton, Socio-Astrology, The Southern Review, vol. 3 (fall 1937), pp. 243-266

Pitirim A. Sorokin, “Histrionics,” The Southern Review, vol. 3 (winter 1938), pp. 554-564

 

— Roger W. Smith

   August 2017