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Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim are widely recognized as the trinity of sociological theory. While these three sociologists were trailblazing social theorists who enhanced the study of human behavior and its relationship to social institutions, other, more contemporary scholars were just as innovative — one of those scholars being W. E. B. Du Bois.

W. E. B. Du Bois was a political and literary giant of the 20th century, publishing over twenty books and thousand of essays and articles throughout his life. In The Social Theory of W. E. B. Du Bois, editor Phil Zuckerman assembles Du Bois's work from a wide variety of sources, including articles Du Bois published in newspapers, speeches he delivered, selections from well-known classics such as The Souls of ...

On International Relations
On international relations

The wealthiest nations in the world today are predominantly European or of European lineage and are nations that benefited from colonial exploitation and/or slavery. The poorest nations today are predominantly African or Southeast Asian and are nations that suffered enormously under colonial occupation and/or forced enslavement. Colonialism and slavery were systems predicated upon severe racism, but they were also systems of international capitalism. The point here—a point emphasized by Du Bois for decades—is that the color line is not something limited to an early twentieth-century lunch counter in Mississippi; it runs across the globe and has been present for centuries.

Du Bois was one of the earliest social theorists to study the history and consequences of slavery as well as to ...

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