By Alfred Weber
In offering this booklet 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 by means of theoretical research a whole wasteland of proof which has grown up round us over the past centuries in regards to 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, earlier writers didn't get past a trifling enumeration of assorted components which performed a component in choosing the positioning of industries. whereas i'm really inspired with the significance of Weber swork itself, if basically understood, it truly is accurately this activity of creating it understood approximately which i think 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 consider convinced that i've got succeeded in conquering the problems which confront the translator of this kind of hugely summary treatise. Had no longer Professor Marshall and Dr. Mason learn the total manuscript via and made a variety of feedback for its development, I worry I do not need discovered the braveness to permit it see the sunshine of day. it will likely be conceded by means of those that have launched into the harmful experience of translating summary idea from one language into one other that not anything is extra perplexing.
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For these latter ises we deduce the rules of location "governing reality," which can and at same time can perhaps give us the means of understanding the general aggregations of population in modern times that is, give us a complete picture of the distribution of locations the — ^ An outline of this second part Standortslehre (Allgemeine riss und is contained in Alfred Weber, "Industrielle kapitalistische der Sozialökonomik (1914), Abteilung VI, '^^ Due Theory des Standorts)" i, 70-82. to circumstances in particular industries.
It is if rent is, : a threefold basis of location for the purpose of rent, other local cost as a whole, as I think was shown theoretically quite unsatisfactory to sufficiently, assume it and transporta- a function of location, as a general or direct "fac- tor" of location. This aspect of Predöhl's arguments was also questioned by O. Engländer (although from another viewpoint), "Kritisches und Positives zu einer allgemeinen reinen Lehre vom Standort," Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft und Sozialpolitik, Vol.
This distinction (also made in terms 20 of the effects of the factors) cannot be fully made, however, for reasons to be considered shortly. It has the following meaning: The advantages which draw industries hither and thither may be given by nature. In that case they could be altered only by changes of these natural conditions, by the extent of the control of nature in other words, by technical progress. They would — be independent of the particular social and cultural circumstances; at least there woud be no other hand, the advantages which direct dependence.