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Can be signified, when it is made, thusly: The advantages that 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 would be no direct dependence. On the other hand, the advantages which draw industries hither and thither may be not natural-technical but social-cultural, the consequence of particular economic and social forms, certain levels of culture, etc.

He believed that retail labor was a transitional stage between pure and external domestic industry. 7 External domestic labor most concerned Weber, for it was the predominant type in the industrial capitalist era. It was entirely modern, the product of a later stage of domestic industry, with no traditional component. When Weber railed against domestic industry, it was this type that he had in mind. External domestic labor differed from industrial factory labor only in the location where the work was performed.

The location of industries In 1904, Weber accepted the call to become full professor of national economy at the German University in Prague. He remained there Early Economic Writings 39 until 1907, when he was called back to Heidelberg as full professor of national economy. In Prague, Weber had contact with members of the important Jewish literary intelligentsia, including Max Brod and Franz Kafka, as well as with Czech intellectuals such as Thomas Masaryk. It was here that Weber became attracted to the philosophy of the French vitalist Henri Bergson, which he claimed helped free him from the ascetic Protestantism of his parental home.

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