After spending months in a sanatorium during the summer and autumn of 1900, Weber and his wife travelled to Italy at the end of the year and did not return to Heidelberg until April 1902.
He would again withdraw from teaching in 1903 and not return to it till 1919.
He was also the first to categorise social authority into distinct forms, which he labelled as charismatic, traditional, and rational-legal.
His analysis of bureaucracy emphasised that modern state institutions are increasingly based on rational-legal authority.
Author: Max Weber Title: From Max Weber: Essays in sociology Publisher: New York : Oxford university press Subject (keywords, tags): Social sciences Description: Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (p.
445-467) Contributor: University of California Libraries Recommended books: Thank You for that Essay ...If You are interresting, I've found a very valuable book on Sociology...This was extremely usefull to me, so I'm recomand it...Weber is best known for his thesis combining economic sociology and the sociology of religion, elaborated in his book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, in which he proposed that ascetic Protestantism was one of the major "elective affinities" associated with the rise in the Western world of market-driven capitalism and the rational-legal nation-state.He argued that it was in the basic tenets of Protestantism to boost capitalism.Over time, Weber would also be significantly affected by the marital tension between his father, "a man who enjoyed earthly pleasures", and his mother, a devout Calvinist "who sought to lead an ascetic life".After his first few years as a student, during which he spent much time "drinking beer and fencing", Weber would increasingly take his mother's side in family arguments and grew estranged from his father.In 1890 the Verein established a research program to examine "the Polish question" or Ostflucht: the influx of Polish farm workers into eastern Germany as local labourers migrated to Germany's rapidly industrialising cities.From 1893 to 1899 Weber was a member of the Alldeutscher Verband (Pan-German League), an organization that campaigned against the influx of the Polish workers; the degree of Weber's support for the Germanisation of Poles and similar nationalist policies is still debated by modern scholars.Weber also made a variety of other contributions in economic history, as well as economic theory and methodology.Weber's analysis of modernity and rationalisation significantly influenced the critical theory associated with the Frankfurt School.