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The Age of Capitalism and Bureaucracy: Perspectives on the Political Sociology of Max Weber

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The Age of Capitalism and Bureaucracy

Perspectives on the Political Sociology of Max Weber

Wolfgang J. Mommsen†
Foreword and Postcript by Volker R. Berghahn

160 pages, bibliiog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-079-3 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2021)

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The historian Wolfgang Mommsen was one of the foremost experts on Max Weber as well as an insightful and accessible interpreter of his work. Mommsen’s classic book, first published in 1974 under the title The Age of Bureaucracy, not only concisely explains the basic concepts underlying Weber’s worldview, but also explores the historical, social, and intellectual contexts in which he operated, including Weber’s development as an academic, his relationship to German nationalism, and his engagement with Marxism. This short volume serves as an excellent resource for scholars and students looking to familiarize themselves with Max Weber’s body of work.

Wolfgang J. Mommsen† (1930–2004) was Professor of History at the University of Düsseldorf and long-term Director of the German Historical Institute, London.

Subject: Sociology History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Germany


Volker R. Berghahn

Preface to the First Edition
List of Abbreviations


Chapter 1. The Universal Historian and the Social Scientist
Chapter 2. The Champion of Nationalist Power Politics and Imperialism
Chapter 3. The Alternative to Marx: Dynamic Capitalism instead of Bureaucratic Socialism
Chapter 4. The Theory of the ‘Three Pure Types of Legitimate Domination’ and the Concept of Plebiscitarian Democracy
Chapter 5. A Liberal in Despair

Volker R. Berghahn

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