The book contains three main sections. The first of these analyses the principal concerns underlying Weber’s political assessment of the prospective development of post-Bismarckian Germany. The second examines some of the way in which these views channelled his interests in sociology and influences his studies of capitalism, authority and religion. Finally, the third main section ‘reverses’ this perspective, showing how his conceptions of sociology and social philosophy in turn influenced the evolution of his assessment of German politics.
Acknowledgements and Bibliographical Note 6
1 Introduction 7
2 Main Themes in Weber’s Political Writings 15
3 The Political Context of Weber’s Sociology 28
4 The Sociological Framework of Weber’s Political Thought 40
5 Conclusion 54