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The city

Author: Max Weber
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 1966, ©1958.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Free Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max Weber
ISBN: 0029342007 9780029342008 0029342104 9780029342107
OCLC Number: 296598
Description: 242 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Prefatory remarks: The theory of the city --
The first form of American city theory --
Rise of the ecological theory of the city --
Notes on a social-psychological theory of the city --
European developments in urban theory --
Max Weber and European urban theory --
Max Weber's relevance for American urban theory --
1. The nature of the city --
Economic character of the city: market settlement --
Types of consumer and producer city --
Relation of the city to agriculture --
The politico-administrative concept of the city --
Fortress and garrison --
The city as the fusion of fortress and market --
Associational and status peculiarities of the occidental city --
2. The occidental city --
Property rights and personal legal situation --
Fraternization and the formation of the polis --
Magical barriers to oriental civic development --
Disruption of the clans as a prerequisite of fraternization --
Significance of the clans for the ancient and the medieval city --
The oath-bound confederation in the occident --
Sociological significance of civic unity --
Fraternization in the Germanic north --
Military competence of the citizen as a basic component in occidental development --
3. The patrician city in antiquity and the Middle Ages --
The nature of the patrician city --
Monopolistically closed patrician dominion in Venice --
Patrician development in other Italian communities --
Royal restrictions of civil oligarchy in England --
Dominance of political patricians and guilds in northern Europe --
Charismatic clans of antiquity --
The ancient patrician city as a coastal settlement of warriors --
Contrasts with the medieval city --
The economic structure of the patrician city --
4. The plebeian city --
The revolutionary nature of the "popolo" as a political association --
Distribution of power among the social classes of the medieval Italian city --
Parallelism between the Roman tribunes and Spartan ephors --
Comparative structure of ancient and medieval democracy --
The city tyrannies in antiquity and the Middle Ages --
The special position of the medieval Italian city --
Variations in the medieval urban community --
Political autonomy --
Autonomous law of the city and its guilds --
Autocephaly: an autonomous legal and administrative magistracy --
Tax power over the burghers and tribute and tax freedom toward the outside --
Market regulation: trade and craft policy and monopolistic exclusion powers --
Relation of the medieval city to non-civic strata --
The city and the church --
5. Ancient and medieval democracy --
The three main types of occidental cities --
Class oppositions in antiquity and the Middle Ages --
The ancient democracy of small peasants; the medieval democracy of professional traders --
Developmental differences between Hellas and Rome --
Military orientation of interests in the ancient city --
The dominance of peaceful economic interests in the medieval city --
Negatively privileged status groups as bearers of rational economic technology in antiquity --
The bondsmen --
Debt slaves --
Clients --
The enfranchised --
Contrasts of the ancient polis as a warrior's guild to the commercial inland city of the Middle Ages --
Special character of Roman democracy in contrast to the Greek.
Responsibility: by Max Weber ; translated and edited by Don Martindale and Gertrud Neuwirth.

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