This article examines Max Weber’s appraisal of Bismarck as a ‘Caesarist’ figure. An analysis of Weber’s opinion of Bismarck serves, I submit, not only as a contribution to the history of a concept (Caesarism) whose importance in German political discourse between 1850-1917 has been admirably documented by Groh (1972) and Gollwitzer (1987). It also helps to shed light on an area of Weber’s thought of which we know comparatively little: his idea of i/legitimacy. Moreover, insofar as Weber’s advocacy of constitutional reform in Germany was framed against the backdrop of a negative estimation of Bismarck’s legacy, it seems pertinent to subject that evaluation to close textual scrutiny.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||European Journal of Sociology/Archives Europeennes de Sociologie|
|Publication status||Published - May 1988|
Bibliographical noteReprinted in P. Hamilton (ed.) Max Weber: Critical Assessments, Vol. I, Routledge: 1991.
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