Max Weber and German Politics: A Study in Political Sociology

Max Weber and German Politics: A Study in Political Sociology

Max Weber and German Politics: A Study in Political Sociology

Max Weber and German Politics: A Study in Political Sociology

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The present study was published eleven years ago. Naturally it gives the author some satisfaction that his publishers should have decided a new edition of this book might be justified.

The text has been revised; a few allusions to events or persons, relevant in 1944, have been deleted; a few sentences clarifying Weber's sociological method and his relationship to the Heidelberg philosophical school have been inserted. The chapter 'Conclusions', however, I left deliberately unaltered. It shows how much my analysis of the socio-political world of 1943 was still conceived in traditional sociological terms. Nobody can jump over his own shadow.

In the meantime the era of the managerial age is in full swing everywhere; we can see it, but we still lack the concepts to analyse it. Be this as it may, I would venture to say, had our politicans in West and East followed the diffident suggestions implicit in these pages, we might all look with greater confidence into the future. Yet the sociologist is never a doer; he must, whether he likes it or not, remain an analyst.

Finally I have added a further bibliography which may help the reader to become familiar with the greatly advanced studies on Max Weber which have been undertaken since these pages appeared in print. I have also included those works by Max Weber which in the meantime have been translated into English.

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