Agrarian Sociology of Ancient CivilizationsPaperback World History
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- Publisher: Verso Books
- Format: Paperback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 30mm | 500g
- Publication date: 13 August 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1781681090
- ISBN 13: 9781781681091
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Sales rank: 978,636
Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations - Weber's neglected masterpiece, which first appeared in German in 1897 and was reissued in 1909 - represents a fascinating and rigorous exercise to bring the newly forged concepts of sociology to bear on civilizations as diverse as Mesopotamia and Egypt, Hebrew society in Israel, the city-states of classical Greece, the Hellenistic empire and, finally, republican and imperial Rome. Blending, throughout the work, description of socio-economic structures with investigation into mechanisms and causes of the rise and decline of social systems, the volume ends with a magisterial explanatory essay on the underlying reasons for the ultimate fall of the Roman Empire and, with it, of the close of Antiquity itself.
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MAX WEBER was born in Erfurt, Germany in 1864 and died in Munich in 1920. His works are legion, but among the better known that are translated into English are Economy and Society, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, The City, and The Sociology of Religion.