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by M. Epstein,Samuel Z. Klausner,Werner Sombart
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    M. Epstein,Samuel Z. Klausner,Werner Sombart
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Werner Sombart (1863 -1941) was a German economist and sociologist and one of the leading Continental European social scientists during the first quarter of the 20th century

Werner Sombart (1863 -1941) was a German economist and sociologist and one of the leading Continental European social scientists during the first quarter of the 20th century.

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M. Epstein (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1982), xv. 2. David W Fletcher, Spring 2002. Mordechai Epstein, a British economist who studied under Sombart and the works major English translator, noted: Werner Sombart is undoubtedly one of the most striking personalities in the Germany of today. 4 JMC thus held the dubious distinction of praise and censure from both sides of the political spectrum. 5 But in time, Jewish and other scholars found more reasons to dislike than.

In 1906, Sombart accepted a call to a full professorship at the Berlin School of Commerce, an inferior institution to Breslau but closer to political action than Breslau.

What we find is that European social realities are faithfully reflected in two great modern novels

What we find is that European social realities are faithfully reflected in two great modern novels. The failure of assimilation, which led Herzl to Zionism, is thoroughly documented by the novelists, who show us that a racial conception of Jews dooms assimilation to failure. Could Europe be trusted?

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Authors and affiliations. CrossRefGoogle Scholar. Mitzman, Arthur,Sociology and Estrangement: Three Sociologists of Imperial Germany. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. Fatherland or Promised Land: The Dilemma of the German Jew, 1893–1914. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1975.

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It has often been asserted that the Jews have no inventive powers; that not only technical but also economic discoveries were made by non-Jews alone, and that the Jews have always been able cleverly to utilize the ideas of others. I dissent from this general view in its entirety. We meet with Jewish inventors in the sphere of technical science, and certainly in that of economics, as I hope to show in this work.

Since its first appearance in Germany in 1911, Jews and Modern Capitalism has provoked vehement criticism. As Samuel Z. Klausner emphasizes, the lasting value of Sombart's work rests not in his results-most of which have long since been disproved-but in his point of departure. Openly acknowledging his debt to Max Weber, Sombart set out to prove the double thesis of the Jewish foundation of capitalism and the capitalist foundation of Judaism. Klausner, placing Sombart's work in its historical and societal context, examines the weaknesses and strengths of Jews and Modern Capitalism.

This is a book I'd heard about for years but could never find in print. The transfer to Kindle format is rough with no chapter divisions, random number that might have been footnotes in the original, and no format to the tables. It is readable.

As for the contents, it is interesting to compare it to Weber's much more famous work. Weber and Sombart were contemporaries and Sombart mentions Weber's thesis, making the point that the Puritans of the Calvinistic Reformation shared some characteristics with the Jews in their biblical interpretations. Sombart presents a good deal of material from the Torah and the Talmud showing that Jewish history uniquely fitted the people for a capitalist society. He also examines some of the historical evidence like the expulsions of Jews from Spain in 1492 leading to the economic priority of Amsterdam and other cities to which they fled.

Because of the allegation of involvement with national socialism, Sombart is often portrayed as an anti-Semite. I did not find this to be the case. He may not have cared much for modern capitalism but is even restrained in expressing that view. In any case, this is an important work and I'm happy to see it in an inexpensive Kindle format.
I highly enjoyed this book, and would recommend anyone interested in the subjects of :History, Economics, and or the Jewish Question, read this book.

It is well sourced. Werner makes his case by citing numerous sources from the past, especially from the mid-evil era till his era in the 20th century. His over-all thesis is : Jews had a very large influence on what is called 'modern capitalism'. He dissects Jewish religion, and Jewish character traits and ties them into explanation for the disproportionate Jewish economic gain in the gentile lands.

There is no "jew hatred" in this book, but there is 'antisemitism'. Antisemitism in the sense that 'antisemitism' is simply a reaction to 'semitism' (Jewish behavior, beliefs, and actions). He does not write as a person vilifying Jews, but rather as a scientist using the scientific method to explain a phenomena.
Enjoyable, deeply informative and an excellent read, that now follows me around on Kindle.
Classic book
Yes, I had lost my previous copy. Thanks a lot,
L. Costa |Lima
It is really amazing that Werner Sombart, well known German scholar, one of the best researchers of his time, has written and published this work. To modern reader it is completly unconvincing. Its basic hypothesis is that the Jews have contributed in making modern capitalism with all the best vices they could have employed on their task to ruin Christian competition and won the total control of market. But when it comes to the evidence this book colapses.
It simply reinforces its hypothesis with other hypothesis or statistical data so obscure and irrelevant that you are really hit by a feeling that this work is the Nazi anti-Jewish Bible in scientific form.
The rise of Nazism has a whole different perspective when you read this book! Contemporary of Max Weber, his coleague and respected professor has written most systematic sum-up of anti-jewish predjudice I could have imagined in 1911, 20 years before the Nazis came to power!