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Reinhard Bendix; Sociology Professor Considered Max Weber’s Successor

From Associated Press

Reinhard Bendix, a political sociologist considered by colleagues to be the contemporary successor to Max Weber, has died of a heart attack.

Bendix, professor emeritus of sociology and political science at UC Berkeley, died Thursday, just three days after his 75th birthday.

The author of several books, he was a leading comparative historical sociologist who studied authority and economic relations in Russia, Japan and Western Europe. Colleagues say he is frequently discussed as the contemporary to Weber, the late-19th- and early-20th-Century German social scientist who was one of the founders of modern sociology.

Bendix’s most recent work was his 1986 book, “From Berkeley to Berlin.”

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Born Feb. 25, 1916, in Berlin, Bendix came to the United States in 1938 as a refugee from Hitler’s Germany. He enrolled at the University of Chicago, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1941, his master’s in 1943--the same year he became an American citizen--and his doctorate in 1947.


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