"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 some twenty years later, reflects a postwar environment. Earlier than most, Sorokin took the consequences of the breakdown of colonialism into account in discussing the renaissance of the great cultures of African and Asian civilization. Other than perhaps F.S.C. Northrop, no individual better incorporated the new role of the Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic peoples in this postwar world.Sorokin came to view social and cultural dynamics in terms of three major processes: a major shift of mankind's creative center from Europe to the Pacific; a progressive disintegration of the sensate culture; and finally the first blush of the emergence and growth of a new idealistic sociocultural order. This volume is perhaps most famous for revealing Sorokin's remarkable efforts to understand the relationship of war and peace to the process of social and political change. Contrary to received wisdom, he shows that the magnitude and depth of war grows in periods of social, cultural, and territorial expansion by the nation. In short, war is just as often a function of development as it is of social decay.This long-unavailable volume remains one of the major touchstones by which we can judge efforts to create an international social science. There are few areas of social or cultural life that are not covered - from painting, art, and music, to the ethos of universalism and particularism. These are terms which Sorokin introduced into the literature long before the rise of functional doctrines. For all those interested in cultural and historical processes, this volume provides the essence of Sorokin's remarkably prescient effort to achieve sociological transcendence, by takin"--Provided by publisher.
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part Part One: Introductory chapter 1 Forms and Problems of Culture Integration and Methods of Their Study chapter 2 Ideational, Sensate, Idealistic, and Mixed Systems of Culture chapter 3 Concrete Illustrations of the Chief Types of Culture Mentality chapter 4 Sociocultural Fluctuations: Concept and Forms of Sociocultural Process part Part Two: Fluctuation of Ideational, Idealistic, and Sensate Forms of Art chapter 5 Is There Any Uniform Sequence in the Flourishing of Various Arts in the History of a Given Culture? Preliminary Critical Survey of Theories on the Subject chapter 6 Is the Curve of Art Development Uniformly Similar in Various Societies and Cultures? Preliminary Critical Survey of Theories on the Subject chapter 7 Ideational, Sensate, and Mixed Styles in Art: Painting and Sulpture chapter 8 Recurrence in Social Space and Fluctuation in Time of the Ideational, Visual, and Mixed Styles in Painting and Sculpture (Qualitative Outline) chapter 9 Fluctuation of the Main Styles in the Painting and Sculpture of Western Europe chapter 10 Fluctuation of Ideational and Visual Forms of Architecture chapter 11 Fluctuation of Ideational, Sensate, and Mixed Forms of Music chapter 12 Fluctuation of Ideational and Sensate Forms of Literature and Criticism part Part Three: Fluctuation of Ideational, Idealistic and Sensate Systems of Truth and Knowledge chapter 13 Fluctuation of Ideational, Idealistic and Sensate Systems of Truth and Knowledge (Quantitative) chapter 14 Qualitative Clarification of the Fluctuation of the Systems of Truth and Knowledge chapter 15 Fluctuation of chapter 16 Fluctuation of " First Principles" : II. Eluctuation of Enternalistic and Temporalistic Mentality chapter 17 Fluctuation of " First Principles" : III. Fluctuation of the Influence of Realism, Conceptualism, and Nominalism chapter 18 Fluctuation of " First Principles IV. Fluctuation of the Influence of Sociological Universalism and Singularism chapter 19 Fluctuation of " First Principles" : V. Fluctuation of Realistic, Nominalistic, and Mixed Conceptions of the Reality of the Juridical Personality : Corporations and Institutions chapter 20 Fluctuation of " First Principles" : VI. Fluctuation of the Influence of Deterministic and Indeterministic Mentalities chapter 21 Fluctuation of " First Principles VII. Fluctuation of the Linear, Cyclical, and Mixed Conceptions of the Cosmic, Biological, and Sociocultural Processes chapter 22 Fluctuation of the Basic Categories of Human Thought: Causality, Time, Space, Number chapter 23 Fluctuation of General and Special Scientific Theories part Part Four: Fluctuation of Ideational and Sensate Forms of Ethical and Juridical Culture Mentality chapter 24 Fluctuation of Ideational, Sensate, and Mixed Systems of Ethics in the Graeco-Roman and Western Cultures chapter 25 Fluctuation of Ethicojuridical Mentality Incriminal Law part Part Five: Types and Fluctuation of the Systems of Social Relationships chapter 26 Familistic, Contractual, and Compulsory Relationships and Systems of Interaction (Groups) chapter 27 Fluctuation of the Familistic, Contractual, and Compulsory Relationships in the Life Process of the Main European Social Groups chapter 28 Fluctuation of Theocratic (Ideational) and Secular (Sensate) Forms of Government and Leadership chapter 29 Fluctuation of Ideational and Sensate Liberty chapter 30 Fluctuation of Systems of Social Relationships in Their Quantitative Aspects chapter 31 Fluctuation of Economic Conditions part Part Six: Fluctuation of War in Intergroup Relationships chapter 32 Fluctuation of War in the History of Greece, Rome,and Europe chapter 33 Summary and Main Results of Study of War in the History of Europe part Part Seven: Nfluctuation of Internal Disturbances in Intragroup Relationships chapter 34 Fluctuation of Internal Disturbances in the History of Greece, Rome, and Europe chapter 35 Summary and Main Results of Study of Internal Disturbances part Part Eight: Culture, Personality and Conduct chapter 36 Relationship Between Types of Culture and Types Ofpersonality and Behavior chapter 37 The Crisis of Ourage part Part Nine: Why and How of Sociocultural Change chapter 38 Principle of Immanent Change of Sociocultural Systems and Congeries chapter 39 The chapter 40 The Problems of Ever-Linear, Ever-New and Strictly Circular Sociocultural Change chapter 41 The Reason for the Super-Rhythm of Ideational Idealistic-Sensate Phases in the Graeco-Roman and Western Supersystems of Culture chapter 42 -The Twilight of Our Sensate Culture and Beyond.