Eisenstadt, Shmuel N.

Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt (1923–2010) was born in Warsaw, Poland, and emigrated to Palestine with his widowed mother in 1930. Eisenstadt presented his doctoral dissertation in sociology at the Hebrew University in 1947. He then spent a postdoctoral year, 1947–1948, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he pursued his early interest in Max Weber’s comparative historical sociology with the American sociologist Edward Shils. But that year also introduced him to the comparative institutional analysis that has long been a hallmark of British sociology and social anthropology. On his return to Jerusalem, in the then newly formed state of Israel, he took up a position as an assistant lecturer in the department of sociology headed by Martin Buber. Eisenstadt continued to teach at ...

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