Max Weber and German Politics, 1890-1920

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 25, 1990 - Political Science - 498 pages
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A major work of German historiography, this comprehensive account of Weber's political views and activities reveals that, paradoxically, Weber was at once an ardent liberal and a determined German nationalist and imperialist. Wolfgang J. Mommsen shows the important links between these seemingly conflicting positions and provides a critique of Weber's sociology of power and his concept of democratic rule.

First published in German in 1959, Max Weber and German Politics appeared in a revised edition in 1974 and became available in an English translation only in 1984. In writing this work, Mommsen drew extensively on Weber's published and unpublished essays, newspaper articles, memoranda, and correspondence.
  

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Contents

The Young Webers Political Development
1
Patriarchalism Capitalism and the Nation State
21
A Powerful Nation State as Webers Political Ideal
35
National Imperialism as the Future Task of German Policy
68
Weber and Germanys Internal Political Evolution before
91
Bourgeois Liberty
123
Foreign Policy and the Constitutional System
137
Parliamentarization as a Means of Overcoming the Reich
172
Collapse and a New Beginning
283
The Treaty of Versailles and Germanys Future in
311
Weber and the Making of the Weimar Constitution
332
The Republican Constitution and German Public
346
From a Liberal Constitutional State to Plebiscitary
390
Toward a New Interpretation of Max Weber
415
On the Question of the Relationship between
448
Bibliography
455

The World War as a Proving Ground for the German Reich
190
The Need for Constitutional Reforms to Strengthen
244
From BrestLitovsk to Catastrophe
267

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Wolfgang J. Mommsen is director of the German Historical Institute in London and professor at the University of Düsseldorf.

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