By Alfred Weber
In proposing this publication to the general public i'm spared a humiliation that many writers come across; i don't have to provide 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 barren region of evidence which has grown up round us over the past centuries in regards to the position of our sleek production industries. to ensure, 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 an insignificant enumeration of varied components which performed a component in opting for the positioning of industries. whereas i'm rather inspired with the significance of Weber swork itself, if truly understood, it truly is accurately this job of creating it understood approximately which i think very apologetic. regardless of the assistance and suggestion 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 think convinced that i've got succeeded in conquering the problems which confront the translator of this type of hugely summary treatise. Had now not Professor Marshall and Dr. Mason learn the complete manuscript via and made a variety of feedback for its development, I worry I do not need stumbled on the braveness to permit it see the sunshine of day. will probably be conceded by means of those that have launched into the damaging event of translating summary idea from one language into one other that not anything is extra perplexing.
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For upon his article, unfortunately, theme. example, A. B. " ; EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION into consideration when xxxi discussing costs of production, while the ''natural" factors are supposedly eliminated theory of rent. This approach makes it by the Ricardian impossible to appreciate The the independent significance of the costs of transportation. picture of the "natural" tendencies of the distribution of eco- nomic forces shows really four stages (or layers) The farming 1. population will be distributed rather evenly around the historical centers of culture and population (Thiinen's belts).
While assuming of the particular prochis successors, almost entirely with such tools, I believe. We also notice enormous displacements taking place within national boundaries. grow poor urated. erate, in We human We observe that certain regions rapidly beings and capital, while others become sat- see in metropolitan centers great masses conglom- seemingly without end. " Of course we have long since become partisan in these matters. seems that the populace "runs" ure's" sake others it — To some of us it to the big cities only for "pleas- to the ultimate ruin of itself and its posterity; to appears that these people follow inevitable laws, as for example the flow toward the place of lowest pressure socially, etc.
More, and we must attempt more, as has We want to discover "laws" for the move- this (industrial) body —laws sufficiently exact to enable us to measure, with their help, the displacement of eco- nomic forces in such a way that we can state to what extent these displacements, and to what extent other factors cause the vast geographical revolutions of our time. The more us that its empiricist will at best look askance at this larger we should have to forces to experiments laws ; He essential enterprise.