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Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology by Stephen Kalberg

By Stephen Kalberg

The revival of ancient sociology in contemporary a long time has mostly overlooked the contributions of Max Weber. but Weber's writings supply a basic source for examining difficulties of comparative ancient improvement. Stephen Kalberg rejects the view that Weber's old writings encompass an ambiguous mix of fragmented excellent forms at the one hand and the charting of big approaches of explanation and paperwork at the different. to the contrary, Weber's important paintings deals a coherent and specific version for comparative research. A reconstruction of Weber's comparative historic strategy, Kalberg argues, uncovers a cosmopolitan outlook that addresses difficulties of enterprise and constitution, a number of causation, and institutional interpretation. Kalberg indicates how one of these illustration of Weber's paintings casts an immediate mild upon problems with urgent value in comparative historic experiences this day. Weber addresses in a forceful means the entire diversity of matters faced by way of the comparative historic company. as soon as the total analytical and empirical energy of Weber's old writings turns into transparent, Weber's paintings will be visible to generate approaches and techniques acceptable to the examine of modern day in addition to previous social methods. Written in an obtainable and interesting style, this publication will attract scholars and execs within the components of sociology, anthropology, and comparative heritage.

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Potter, “The Port of Siraf: Historical Memory and Iran’s Role in the Persian Gulf,” Proceedings of the International Congress of Siraf Port, Nov. 14–16, 2005 (Bushehr, Iran: Bushehr Branch of Iranology Foundation, 2005), 28–49. 22. The pioneering work by Rhoads Murphey and Dilip Basu in particular is key to an understanding of the development of port cities in the colonial context, that is, as gateways to European influence and as lynchpins of regional integration into the world system in the nineteenth century.

30 Increased trade restrictions and onerous taxation resulting from Ottoman and Qajar centralization favored the relocation of merchants and merchant capital to the Arab ports that had remained under the control of independent tribal dynasties. Alongside the pearl boom, this was the crucial factor that determined the economic success of Kuwait, Manama, and Dubai as free ports. 31 After 1900 the establishment of the Imperial Customs Administration in Iran triggered the large-scale migration of major Arab and Persian mercantile communities to the Arab coast, in particular to Dubai and Manama.

2 (2001): 175–87. 2. See, for instance, Yasser Elsheshtawy, Dubai: Behind an Urban Spectacle (New York: Routledge, 2010); Christopher M. Davidson, Dubai: the Vulnerability of Success (London: Hurst, 2008); idem, Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond (London: Hurst, 2009); Ahmed Kanna, Dubai: the City as Corporation (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2011); special section on “Histories of Oil and Urban Modernity in the Middle East,” ed. Nelida Fuccaro, in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East vol.

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