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In proposing this publication to the general public i'm spared a humiliation that many writers come upon; i don't have to supply an apology for the subject with which it offers. Alfred Weber streatise is a pioneering enterprise. He makes an attempt to grasp through theoretical research an entire desert of proof which has grown up round us over the past centuries in regards to the place of our sleek production industries. to make certain, others have ventured upon the duty of describing and classifying the phenomena of geographical distribution; yet, as Weber issues out, earlier writers didn't get past a trifling enumeration of assorted elements which performed an element in selecting the site of industries. whereas i'm rather inspired with the significance of Weber swork itself, if essentially understood, it really is accurately this job of creating it understood approximately which i believe very apologetic. even with the assistance and recommendation which Professors Leon C. Marshall and Frank W. Taussig, in addition to Drs. E. H. Chamberlin, William Y. Elliot, Edward Mason, Talcott Parsons, and Andreas Pred hl have so generously afforded me, i don't think convinced that i've got succeeded in conquering the problems which confront the translator of this type of hugely summary treatise. Had now not Professor Marshall and Dr. Mason learn the whole manuscript via and made quite a few feedback for its development, I worry I don't have chanced on the braveness to permit it see the sunshine of day. it will likely be conceded via those that have launched into the dangerous experience of translating summary suggestion from one language into one other that not anything is extra perplexing.
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In order to get a foot- hold outside this evolutionary view and to return to theory, the expedient of such an abstract "pure" system was used. It seemed sensible to say that these systems were designated as economic systems, the characteristics which they had in it was if all justifiable to search for common, although some will hold that the Smith and those following him is "capitalistic" and representative of the stage of development with which they were concerned. The assumption of such a "pure" system of economics simply marks the return to what would be styled "economic theory" in England and America.

Above, p. xviii). But he failed to carry his analysis beyond this elemental stage and did not study either the variations caused by introducing labor costs into a system of locations determined by transportation costs or the variations caused by inpletely, troducing transportation costs into a system determined by labor costs. ^ Cf . his review in the Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft (1910), 748, and '^ mand" It Der Moderne Kapitalismus, 3d ed.. und Vol. II, 2, Sozialpolitik, p. 800, 901 XXX ff. must not be objected here that this is inconceivable, because the "deA would at once raise the cost of labor in A, since it is an for labor in '^ EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION xxvi show that an introduction of transportation costs into these simple equations would give results identical with those obtained by Weber.

It is no slight gain that she [England] can make cheaply clothes and furniture and other commodities for her own use but those ; improvements in the arts of manufacture which she has shared with other nations have not directly increased the amount of raw produce which she can ob- from other countries with the product of a given quantity of her own capand labor. Probably more than three-fourths of the whole benefit she has derived from the progress of manufactures during the present century has been through its indirect influence on lowering the transport of men and goods, of water and light, of electricity and news; for the dominant economic fact of our tain ital own age is the development, not of the manufacturing, but of the transport EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION xxxii against the classical overemphasis upon labor costs that wherever there agriculture there is But he does not undertake must when he says also be industry.

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