The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations

The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations

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By (author) Max Weber, Translated by R. I. Frank


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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 221mm x 33mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 17 August 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1859842755
  • ISBN 13: 9781859842751
  • Edition: 2, New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,130,014

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The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations represents a sustained historical synthesis of a type unlike anything else in Weber's writings. The work began as an essay on agrarian relations in the ancient world published in 1897, which Weber rewrote in a massively expanded form over four months of intensive creative work during 1908 and which was finally published in 1909. This work was one of the first examples of the conscious use of Weber's new methodology - including the notion of the 'ideal type' - in relation to historical research.

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Max Weber was born in Erfurt, Germany in 1864 and died in Munich in 1920. His works are legion, but amongst the better known which translated into English, are "Economy and Society," "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism," "The City," and "The Sociology of Religion."