Marking the centennial anniversary of the first publication of Max Weber's "Protestant Ethic" essays, a group of internationally recognized Weber scholars review the significance of Weber's essays by addressing their original context, historical reception, and ongoing relevance. Lawrence Scaff, Hartmut Lehmann, Philip Gorski, Stephen Kalberg, Martin Riesebrodt, Donald Nielsen, Peter Kivisto, and the editors offer original perspectives that engage Weber's indelible work so as to inform current issues central to sociology, history, religious studies, political science, economics, and cultural studies. Available in several English translations, the Protestant Ethic is listed by the International Sociological Association among the top five "Books of the Century." The Protestant Ethic continues to be a standard assigned reading in undergraduate and graduate courses, spanning a variety of academic disciplines.

chapter |22 pages

Friends and Foes

The Formation and Consolidation of the Protestant Ethic Thesis
ByHartmut Lehmann

chapter |30 pages

Dimensions of the Protestant Ethic

ByMartin Riesebrodt

chapter |24 pages

The Protestant Ethic and the “Spirit” of Capitalism as Grand Narrative

Max Weber's Philosophy of History
ByDonald A. Nielsen

chapter |34 pages

Remnants of Romanticism

Max Weber in Oklahoma and Indian Territory
ByLawrence A. Scaff

chapter |28 pages

The Contexts of the Publication and Reception of the Protestant Ethic

ByWilliam H. Swatos, Peter Kivisto

chapter |26 pages

Rational Capitalism, Traditionalism, and Adventure Capitalism

New Research on the Weber Thesis
ByLutz Kaelber

chapter |26 pages

The Little Divergence

The Protestant Reformation and Economic Hegemony in Early Modern Europe
ByPhilip S. Gorski