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Lawrence A. Scaff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147796

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147796.001.0001

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Remnants of Romanticism

Remnants of Romanticism

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(p.73) Five Remnants of Romanticism
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Max Weber in America
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Lawrence A. Scaff

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691147796.003.0006

This chapter examines Max Weber's exploration of the American heartland and frontier, with particular emphasis on his experiences in Oklahoma and the Indian Territory. It first considers how the idea for Weber's Oklahoma and Indian Territory trip originated in the first place before discussing the “unique problems” that Weber encountered in the Indian Territory, including questions of tribal membership or citizenship, and land allotment. It then analyzes Weber's claim that the coming of modern industrial civilization led to the rapid disappearance of the romanticized past. As he put it, the “Leatherstocking romanticism” of native life and the frontier was coming to an end. The chapter also explores Weber's views on the construction of “nature,” the emergence of a new world, and traditionalism and concludes with an assessment of the significance of the frontier to Weber's work.

Keywords:   American frontier, Max Weber, Oklahoma, Indian Territory, tribal membership, citizenship, land allotment, romanticism, nature, traditionalism

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