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2005 - Volume 46 > Numéro 4

ISSN 0035-2969

Medieval capitalism between community and society : a return to Weber’s studies in legal history
Romain MELOT

pp. 745-766

 

Weber’s thinking on the historical specificity of western capitalism was part of a far-reaching research undertaking that was not only sociological and economic in character but also focused on the law. While his sociological interpretations of capitalism in terms of interrelations among economy, culture, and religion are well known, his work also bears traces of the meticulous studies of the legal history of the medieval economy he did as part of his university training. This research material unquestionably influenced the development of his theoretical thinking in his last writings, as may be seen in the concepts of « communitarization » (Vergemeinschaftung) and « societization » (Vergesellschaftung) that he used to investigate forms of social relations.

 

 

 
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