By Alfred Weber
In providing this booklet to the general public i'm spared a humiliation that many writers stumble 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 through theoretical research an entire desolate tract of proof which has grown up round us over the past centuries in regards to the situation of our sleek 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, past writers didn't get past an insignificant enumeration of varied elements which performed an element in opting for the site of industries. whereas i'm rather inspired with the significance of Weber swork itself, if basically understood, it really is accurately this job of creating it understood approximately which i believe very apologetic. despite 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 believe convinced that i've got succeeded in conquering the problems which confront the translator of the sort of hugely summary treatise. Had now not Professor Marshall and Dr. Mason learn the complete manuscript via and made quite a few feedback for its development, I worry I shouldn't have chanced on the braveness to permit it see the sunshine of day. it is going to be conceded by means of those that have launched into the harmful event of translating summary inspiration from one language into one other that not anything is extra perplexing.
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But we do not as yet have any theory of the location of industries we may say that without doing injustice to the work of Roscher believe, and far Schaeffle —although more important processes. To be it is obvious that industrial location for explaining the large sure, very nice and modem is displacing interesting facts determine methods of agricultural production. But they are upon the whole simple, extensively analyzed, well-known matters, at least to the extent to which the locational displacements of the different they go beyond technical details and influence international eco- nomic displacements and the modern aggregations of population.
However difficult it seems, we must try to disentangle the knot of causes which confronts us everywhere in posing reality, and to isolate and group the elements com- it. I. TERMS In order to do this terms: ' first, we need a clear understanding of two the forces which operate as economic causes of lo- M. Haig, "Some Aspects of the Regional Plan of New York and Its "Toward an Understanding of the Metropolis," Quarterly JourEconomics, Vol. XL. Editor. Cf. R. " By we mean an advantage which "locational factor" is gained when an economic activity takes place at a particular point or at several such points rather than elsewhere.
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