Originally published in English in 1962, this book presents in clear language an account of the growth of sociology from its earliest roots in the Enlightenment, through the 19th century philosophers in Germany, positivists in France, social workers in England, the theorists in America, through the pioneering days of the early and middle part of the 20th century.
Part 1: The Development of Social Theory up the First World War 1. The Antecedents of Sociology 2. The Beginnings: Comte and Spencer 3. Early German Sociology 4. Social Darwinism in Europe 5. Sociology in Great Britain 6. Italian Criminology and Crowd Psychology 7. Russia's Pre-Revolutionary Sociology 8. Belgian Sociology 9. American Social Science 10. The German School 11. Durkheim, His School and his Opponents 12. The Formation of American Sociology Part 2: Sociology in Modern Times 13. Notes on German Sociology 14. American Sociology Faces Reality 15. American Research 16. American Sociological Theory and Teaching Part 3: World-Wide Sociology 17. Eastern Europe 18. Sociology in the Near and Far East 19. Latin American Sociology 20. Sociology in Western Europe Today: I 21. Sociology in Western Europe Today: II Germany, France and Great Britain.