This book is about Max Weber's 1904 journey to the United States—what he and his wife Marianne did, who they met, and what they saw and thought during their stay there. It shows that Weber's American journey played a pivotal role in the larger scheme of his life and work, for it occurred just as he was beginning to emerge from the debilitating psychological collapse of 1898. It also examines the use, interpretation, and dissemination of Weber's thought in the United States following his death in 1920, initially by American scholars such as Frank Knight and Talcott Parsons and later by German émigrés and others from the English-speaking world. The book suggests that Weber's problematics emerged from an immersion in social and cultural world history, the civilizations of the West and the East, and through engagement with complex debates in the sciences over the origins, nature and meaning for the contemporary world of “capitalism.”
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