". . . a brilliant study of the psychological conditions which made possible the development of capitalist civilization."-The New RepublicThis brilliant study-the author's best-known and most controversial work-opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and its view that change takes place through the conflict of opposites. Instead, Weber relates the rise of a capitalist economy to the Puritan determination to work out anxiety over salvation or damnation by performing good deeds-an effort that ultimately discouraged belief in predestination and encouraged capitalism. Weber's classic has long been required reading in college and advanced high school social studies classrooms. 1958 ed. Notes.Weber, Max is the author of 'Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism', published 2003 under ISBN 9780486427034 and ISBN 048642703X.