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Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin.
in Upheaval,” etc.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED
After a cataclysm which has destroyed in battle seven and a ba'i million men and set civilization back at least a life time the *orld ought to be interested in the scientific study of human rela2.7. Sociology was young what time the World War was instating, but -- it is a satisfaction to recall — her unregarded ice was ever lifted in protest against the dance toward the abyss. Nowhere in Europe was she so contemned as in Germany, abere her few champions in the Universities were utterly browSeaten by the arrogant professors of Staatswissenschaften.
Sociologists follow the methods of Science but they are by no trans content to seek Knowledge for her own sake. They are - 4 ashamed to avow an over-mastering purpose and that is - to better human relations. They confess that they are studying how to lessen the confusion, strife and mutual destruction among men 2-d to promote harmony and team work. A quaint idea — but after watching civilized humanity tear at its vitals for four and a quarter years one wonders if there may not be something in it!
The sociologists have been taken in by none of the evil docmes which have brought the world to its present desperate pight. On the other hand, they listen with patience to those who Fearly have at heart the amelioration of man's lot, but they accapit no panacea. They do not pin their hopes of social progress to parting “God” in the Constitution, Sabbath protection, protik ton, collective bargaining, single tax on land values, syndica'
. , public ownership, or guild socialism. Knowing that huvanity must advance along many roads they keep their program
This book I am offering has been a slow growth. Seventeen kats have elapsed since I laid out the chapter scheme and began Cecting material for it. It contains a system of sociology, , to the parts are fitted to one another and taken together they are intested to cover the field; but I do not put it forward as the sysem. While it is that organization of knowledge about society ch helps me the most, no doubt other equally valid systems are