query on Sorokin

Hartmut Krech (kr538@ZFN.UNI-BREMEN.DE)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 19:52:16 +0200

In his "The Crisis of Our Age. The Social and Cultural Outlook"
(New York/NY: E.P. Dutton, 1941), Pitirim A. Sorokin investigates
"967 important wars in the history of Greece, Rome, and the Western
countries from 500 B.C. to A.D. 1925", concluding that "war increases,
with a slight lag, precisely in periods of transition from one form of
society and culture to another" (1941,215).

"The extraordinary scale and depth of the contemporary social and cultural
crisis are reflected by the equally extraordinary belligerency of the
present century. [...] the twentieth century will unquestionably prove to
be the bloodiest and most belligerent of all the twenty-five centuries
under consideration." (Sorokin 1941,216)

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