In 1917 and 1918 Einstein was working on relativistic cosmology and on promoting and explaining general relativity in correspondence.  During this period, the thesis that the spacetime metric should be determined by the distribution of matter played an important role in his thought. This talk is concerned with interpreting this thesis and with investigating its status in general relativity.

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