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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism....

Translated by Talcott Parsons. With a foreword by R. H. Tawney.

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Published: New York Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930

Stock Code: 131501

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First American edition, first printing, of the first English translation of Weber's great work, which originally appeared in German across two issues of the Archiv für Sozialwissenschaften und Sozialpolitik (November 1904 and June 1905). He managed to substantially revise the text for its first publication in book-form shortly before his death in 1920; it appeared under the title Die protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus and was intended as the first volume in a series collecting Weber's writings on the sociology of religion, though his death meant the project was never completed. This American edition was preceded by the UK edition, published earlier that year.
"The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is Max Weber's most famous as well as most controversial book. In it he traced the influence of religious ideas upon the conduct of men and challenged the Marxist thesis that man's consciousness is determined by his social class Instead of completing his investigation of Protestantism, Weber began a comparative analysis of urban communities and of political organization as well as a study of the relation between religion and society. These wide ranging studies had the common purpose of defining and explaining the distinguishing characteristic of Western civilization. The Protestant Ethic was destined to serve as an introduction to this major theme of Weber's lifework, a specification of the interrelation of religious ideas and economic behaviour as the focus for further research. Weber's particular thesis - that Puritan ideas had influenced the development of capitalism - became the subject of a voluminous literature" (Bendix, Max Weber, an intellectual portrait, p. 71f).

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Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Front panel and front flap of dust jacket present, the rest absent.


Contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper. Light wear at spine ends, crease to rear cover. Dust jacket remnants a little chipped around peripheries with short split at head of front flap fold.


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