General Economic History

General Economic History

by Max Weber, Ira J. Cohen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0878553177

ISBN-13: 9780878553174

Pub. Date: 01/01/1981

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

In General Economic History Max Weber focuses on the industrial enterprise for the provision of everyday wants, oriented toward profitability by means of rational capital accounting, as the institutional foundation of modern Western capitalism. This type of enterprise integrates into one institutional complex a constellation of six factors, including:

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In General Economic History Max Weber focuses on the industrial enterprise for the provision of everyday wants, oriented toward profitability by means of rational capital accounting, as the institutional foundation of modern Western capitalism. This type of enterprise integrates into one institutional complex a constellation of six factors, including: formally free labor; free market trade; appropriation of the physical means of production; rational commercial practices; rational production of technology; and calculable law adjudicated and administered by the state. General Economic History traces the historical development of each of these factors from their informal rational points of origin through the feudal era to their emergence as formal rational elements in the modern capitalist industrial enterprise. The chapters on the history of modern citizenship and the modern rational state are of special significance as otherwise unavailable resources for an integrated view of Weber's work.

The new introduction by Ira J. Cohen is an original scholarly work of interest to all who study Max Weber's conception of modern Western capitalism.Theessay situates the institutional and cultural aspects of Weber's view of modern capitalism in the context of his overall vision of the emergence of formal rationality in the Western world. Both aspects of modern capitalism are shown to be defined by economic formal rationality, a type of orientation which is distinct from the legal formal rationality characteristic of Weber's conception of modern bureaucracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878553174
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1981
Series:
Social Science Classics Series
Pages:
438

Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Page,
TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE,
FROM THE PREFACE BY THE GERMAN EDITORS,
PART ONE - HOUSEHOLD, CLAN, VILLAGE AND MANOR,
CHAPTER I - THE AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION AND THE PROBLEM OF AGRARIAN COMMUNISM,
CHAPTER II - PROPERTY SYSTEMS AND SOCIAL GROUPS,
CHAPTER III - THE ORIGIN OF SEIGNIORIAL PROPRIETORSHIP,
CHAPTER IV - THE MANOR,
CHAPTER V - THE POSITION OF THE PEASANTS IN VARIOUS WESTERN COUNTRIES BEFORE THE ENTRANCE OF CAPITALISM,
CHAPTER VI - CAPITALISTIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE MANOR,
PART TWO - INDUSTRY AND MINING DOWN TO THE BEGINNING OF THE CAPITALISTIC DEVELOPMENT,
CHAPTER VII - PRINCIPAL FORMS OF THE ECONOMIC ORGANIZATION OF INDUSTRY,
CHAPTER VIII - STAGES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY AND MINING,
CHAPTER IX - THE CRAFT GUILDS,
CHAPTER X - THE ORIGIN OF THE EUROPEAN GUILDS,
CHAPTER XI - DISINTEGRATION OF THE GUILDS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE DOMESTIC SYSTEM,
CHAPTER XII - SHOP PRODUCTION. THE FACTORY AND ITS FORE-RUNNERS,
CHAPTER XIII - MINING PRIOR TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN CAPITALISM,
PART THREE - COMMERCE AND EXCHANGE IN THE PRE-CAPITALISTIC AGE 1,
CHAPTER XIV - POINTS OF DEPARTURE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMERCE,
CHAPTER XV - TECHNICAL REQUISITES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS;,
CHAPTER XVI - FORMS OF ORGANIZATION OF TRANSPORTATION AND OF COMMERCE,
CHAPTER XVII - FORMS OF COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE,
CHAPTER XVIII - MERCANTILE GUILDS,
CHAPTER XIX - MONEY AND MONETARY HISTORY,
CHAPTER XX - BANKING AND DEALINGS IN MONEY IN THE PRE-CAPITALISTIC AGE,
CHAPTER XXI - INTERESTS IN THE PRE-CAPITALISTIC PERIOD,
PART FOUR - THE ORIGIN OF MODERN CAPITALISM,
CHAPTER XXII - THE MEANING AND PRESUPPOSITIONS OF MODERN CAPITALISM,
CHAPTER XXIII - THE EXTERNAL FACTS IN THE EVOLUTION OF CAPITALISM,
CHAPTER XXIV - THE FIRST GREAT SPECULATIVE CRISES,
CHAPTER XXV - FREE WHOLESALE TRADE,
CHAPTER XXVI - COLONIAL POLICY FROM THE SIXTEENTH TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY,
CHAPTER XXVII - THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNIQUE,
CHAPTER XXVIII - CITIZENSHIP,
CHAPTER XXIX - THE RATIONAL STATE,
CHAPTER XXX - THE EVOLUTION OF THE CAPITALISTIC SPIRIT,
NOTES,
INDEX OF NAMES,
SUBJECT INDEX,

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