Karl Marx And Max Weber

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Karl Marx and Max Weber were both influential sociologist know for the theories/views on modern development regarding industrialization and capitalism. Marx viewed social change as a result of economic influences whereas Weber viewed social change as a result of idea and cultural values. We will be focusing on two major articles Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber. Using these articles, we will be to compare and contrast their ideas on social change.
Marx’ Manifesto of the Communist Party (Bourgeoisie and Proletarians) focused on his views on the exploitation and division of class by modern capitalism. He also spoke about the rise of industrialization as a cause for further exploitation. Marx introduced his argument by this statement “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles”. This means throughout history there has always been some form of class structure, he mentioned the feudal society and there many class systems. He goes on to introduce the modern bourgeoisies’ society who were brought about from the fall of the feudal society. Even with the destruction of the feudal society, class rivalry didn’t go away; it became simpler. The rapid development of the west drove the advancement of the bourgeoisies. The discovery of the new world which opened up communication and trade; the industrial revolution which further advanced the world market. Bourgeois introduced
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