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Weber and Mommsen: Non-Marxist Materialism

G. H. Mueller
The British Journal of Sociology
Vol. 37, No. 1 (Mar., 1986), pp. 1-20
DOI: 10.2307/591048
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/591048
Page Count: 20
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Weber and Mommsen: Non-Marxist Materialism
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Abstract

A comparison of Weber and Mommsen yields significant insights. (1) The thought of both Mommsen and Weber is founded on law, which implies an objective and structuralist approach. (2) However, while Weber is under the sway of the Historical School which emphasizes uniqueness, Mommsen searches for regularities in order to explain diversity. (3) For Mommsen law is not a factor in its own right, as for the Historical School; rather, law articulates power. (4) Rather than mystifying law, Mommsen derives it from the social forces that produce it. (5) Following Niebuhr, Mommsen interprets Roman history as class struggle between patricians, peasantry and bourgeoisie. (6) Mommsen's modernism is his greatest strength. His identification of Republican Rome with capitalism excels any other interpretation. (7) Weber's 'life-long dialogue with Marx' and his political realism are grounded in Mommsen's History of Rome.

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