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The content of political geography, however, was not just dubious pseudogeographical explanations and forecasts of political events, willy-nilly covering up certain political sympathies. Many political geographers made substantial historical studies of the formation, expansion, and decline of various ‗political zones‘ and their administrative centres, frontiers, and defence lines. There was sense in asking how to appraise the ‗political potential‘ latent in the interaction of a political community and its environment.

The distributing system ensured connection of the different parts of the social organism through the division of labour. Finally, the regulatory system, in the person of the state, ensured subordination of the parts to the whole. The specific parts of "organs" of society were institutions. Spencer counted six types of institution: domestic, ritual, political, church, professional, and industrial. He endeavoured to trace the evolution of each of them by means of a comparative, historical analysis.

20 D. N. Levine, E. B. Carter, and E. M. Gorman. Simmel‘s Influence on American Sociology. In: The American Journal of Sociology, 1976, 81, 4: 840, 841. 21 Talcott Parsons. , 1949), p 3. 56 4 NATURALISM IN SOCIOLOGY OF THE TURN OF THE CENTURY Alexander Hofman and Alexander Kovalev 1. Evolutionism — the Basis of the Naturalistic Schools of Sociology The middle and second half of the nineteenth century was a time in the intellectual history of Europe of an almost universal enthusiasm for the advances of natural science and the flourishing of the positivist-naturalistic outlook, under whose determinant influence the sociology of the time developed.

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