Sociation Today (Jun 2009)

The Berlin Years: The Influence of German Thought and Experience on the Development of Du Bois' Sociology

  • Stacey Weger

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 7, no. 1


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Despite being historically well received for his many contributions to literature, civil rights, and political advocacy, W.E.B. Du Bois' contributions to the development of scientific sociology have been understated. It is evident that the teachings of several key faculty at the University of Berlin, in particular, those of Gustav Schmoller and Max Weber, played a significant role in forming Du Bois' attitudes towards social research and reform, and in laying out a blueprint for his future practices in the field. The influence of Du Bois' education in Europe is explored as is his contribution to the theoretical basis of sociology as a discipline.