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Max Weber in The Netherlands 1903-1907. A neglected episode in the early history of 'The Protestant Ethic

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P. Ghosh

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Max Weber in the Netherlands

This article has two main aims. First, it explores the treatment of the Netherlands in Max Weber’s canonical essays on the Protestant Ethic. This is a real history and not simply a static exploration of a text, since Weber’s attitudes towards Dutch religion (though not capitalism) shifted considerably after he first drafted the Protestant Ethic in 1904-1905. His engagement with the Dutch was a central part of the revision of the text that took place in 1906-1908, a period which also saw the writing of the companion essay on ‘the Protestant sects.’ Here is a phase in the history of this work which has been neglected hitherto; and yet the final text of the Protestant Ethic, as it was issued in 1920, was primarily a work of the years 1904-1908. By 1920 it was, as Weber said, an ‘older’ work. The second aim is to cast light on this history.

Keywords: Protestantism  
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.6084
How to Cite: Ghosh, P., 2004. Max Weber in The Netherlands 1903-1907. A neglected episode in the early history of 'The Protestant Ethic. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 119(3), pp.358–377. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.6084
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Published on 01 Jan 2004.
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