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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Paperback – October 10, 2010
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While parts of Weber are tough sledding, he does provide several little anecdotes and factoids. Here are a few. According to Weber, if a European girl was pretty she was generally thought to be "an English girl." A Polish girl would most likely be slovenly but if she moved west her work habits would improve even if her wage remained the same. While Protestants in Germany were on average about twice as wealthy as Catholics, Jews had about four times the personal wealth of Protestants. Anglo-Saxon music suffered a precipitous decline under Protestant churches and produced "only a noise intolerable to German ears." According to Weber, Anglo-Saxon music was so bad Boston's Trinity Church had to spend $8,000 in 1904 just for a professional choir.
Finally here is a criticism. Weber gives short shrift to Frederick the Great and Lutheran Pietism. Frederick wanted and forced on the Prussians an ethic that welfare did not mean giving to the poor but contributing goods and services useful to others. To Frederick, people made their own destinies. There was nothing wrong with improving God's world. Why Weber didn't go into detail here seems strange. This would be one of the best case studies proving the thesis.
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