The Jews and Modern Capitalism

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Transaction Publishers, 1951 - Social Science - 402 pages
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Since its first appearance in Germany in 1911, Jews and Modern Capitalism has provoked vehement criticism. As Samuel Z. Klausner emphasizes, the lasting value of Sombart's work rests not in his results-most of which have long since been disproved-but in his point of departure. Openly acknowledging his debt to Max Weber, Sombart set out to prove the double thesis of the Jewish foundation of capitalism and the capitalist foundation of Judaism. Klausner, placing Sombart's work in its historical and societal context, examines the weaknesses and strengths of Jews and Modern Capitalism.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTORY
3
THE SHIFTING OF THE CENTRE OF ECONOMIC LIFE SINCE THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
11
THE QUICKENING OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
22
THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN COLONIES
28
THE FOUNDATION OF THE MODERN STATE
49
THE PREDOMINANCE OF COMMERCE IN ECONOMIC LIFE
61
THE GROWTH OF A CAPITALISTIC POINT OF VIEW IN ECONOMIC LIFE
115
THE PROBLEM
157
WHAT IS A CAPITALIST UNDERTAKER?
160
THE OBJECTIVE CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE JEWISH APTITUDE FOR MODERN CAPITALISM
169
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE JEWISH RELIGION IN ECONOMIC LIFE
191
JEWISH CHARACTERISTICS
252
THE RACE PROBLEM
281
THE VICISSITUDES OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
323
NOTES AND REFERENCES
353
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