By Alfred Weber
In offering this e-book to the general public i'm spared a humiliation that many writers stumble upon; i don't have to provide 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 wasteland of evidence which has grown up round us over the last centuries about the situation of our smooth 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, past writers didn't get past a trifling enumeration of varied components which performed a component in picking 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. regardless of 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 suppose convinced that i've got succeeded in conquering the problems which confront the translator of this sort of hugely summary treatise. Had now not Professor Marshall and Dr. Mason learn the total manuscript via and made a variety of feedback for its development, I worry I wouldn't have came upon the braveness to permit it see the sunshine of day. it will likely be conceded by way of those that have launched into the damaging experience of translating summary notion from one language into one other that not anything is extra perplexing.
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It is impossible to explain the sphere of production locationally without including in this explanation the distribution of material goods in all its aspects. In the theory dealing with the nature of economic processes at the point it may be possible to have production end where the product is sold to a merchant, at least abstractly; but for the purpose of explaining the economic location of production this procedure is impossible. Each part of INTRODUCTION production orients geographically with consumption in itself The explanation mind.
Mysteries are not contained in the agricultural sphere. If they can be found anywhere in economic matters, and especially if they can be found have to be discovered in the industrial sphere and in the locational rules which control it. in the sphere of production, they will The locations of the industries form the "substance" (I do not say the cause) of the large agglomerations of people today. We view their movements quite superficially, and with perhaps too few misgivings as to the international implications of the ing of forces.
We may separate production, distribution, and consumption as far as we please, but, analyzing the locational character of an economic system (Wirtschaft), the same we need time. to explain a large part of each of these at For example, the locational distribution of con- sumption appears to be, with slight exceptions, nothing but lo- cational distribution within the other two spheres, seen from a different point of view. ber of people such as ers, who are, Only the relatively inconsiderable num- economically speaking, merely consum- and persons of private means, two spheres.
Alfred Weber's Theory of the Location of Industries by Alfred Weber