Andre Gunder Frank asks us toReOrientour views away from Eurocentrism-to see the rise of the West as a mere blip in what was, and is again becoming. ReORIENT: Global Economy in the Asian Age. By Andre Gunder Frank. ( Berkeley, University of California Press, ) pp. $ cloth $ paper . ReOrient, Dependency, World System, World-System, Underdevelopment, Development, Theory, Dependence, Pax Americana, US hegemony, Andre, Gunder.

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Gunder Frank provides ample proof in his arguments and successfully disproves long frani Eurocentric ideas about the origins of the modern economics, commerce, and industry. Why mechanized industry appeared when and where it did in Europe is not considered. To correct the historical fact is to challenge the theoretical scaffolding of everyone from Marx to Reorjent to Braudel to Wallerstein.

The third is that Frank seems to want to put much stock instead into the independent power of cyclical phenomena in economics such as the Kondratieff cycle; surely an interesting phenomenon but not one that can be taken as causative on its own without losing the scientific method in political economy altogether.

The book itself, despite its “must read status” and historical importance, is very poorly written and highly repetitious. These above five regions also had reoriemt world’s highest standards of living, most advanced technology, greatest industrial and commercial enterprises, best art forms, literature, philosophy, and musical styles, and also the most sophisticated government and best infrastructure in roads, bridges, canals, river and seaborne transportation from BC to AD Special note must be made of the role that Native American gold and silver played in helping Europe to become a player in the global trade, by giving Europe with the purchasing power to purchase Chinese silks, tea, porcelain, and other goods, Indian cotton textiles, and South-East spices and gems, should be noted.

Dry like the desert, but full of information.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The world, and our understanding of it has never been the same. I also believed in American exceptionalism.


Observation of the continuation of the “long sixteenth century” expansion through the seventeenth and into part of the eighteenth century in much of Asia is used also to pose the question of whether there were very long, about year long, world economic and political cycles. The company was founded in California in and sold to the Singapore government in None of that one-sided Eurocentrism found in other non-objective world history books.

These comparisons show that the European put-down of Asia is unfounded in fact; for Wndre was not only economically and in many ways technologically ahead of Europe at the beginning but still also at the end of this period. It insists on a completely necessary frnk of academic and political views. Can any theory or perspective theoretical, analytical and empirical which carries the baggage of Eurocentric historiography and ideology address the social and economic issues of the 21st century?

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Anyone interested in Asia, in world systems and world economic and social history, in international relations, and in comparative area studies, will have to take into account Frank’s exciting reassessment of our global economic past and future.

Andre Gunder Frank

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Chapter 5 proposes and pursues a “horizontally integrative macrohistory” of the world, in which simultaneity of events and processes is no coincidence. Reviews “Frank shows how Marx and Weber got it all wrong. You get the feel of the interconnectedness of the world in a way Beyond macro- and micro-economic analysis of this production and exchange of silver and other species as commodities, one section of this chapter also examines the very circulatory system through which the monetary blood flowed.

Make the first step of the next millennium and buy this book. Chapter 2 examines the structure and flow of trade, starting in the Americas and going eastward literally around the globe. University of California Press- History – pages. As a result, the “center” of the world economy is once again moving to the “Middle Kingdom” of China. Frank provides a much needed perspective that we are ‘all in the same boat’, that there is ‘unity in diversity’, and that ideas such as that of a ‘clash of civilisations’ are nonsense.


Set up a giveaway. The first is reoreint Frank has a tendency to go off on tangents and has trouble keeping the structure of the book together, leading to oddities such as an almost impassably long chapter on mostly Chinese coinage, which detracts from the flow of the argument. My thesis – echoing but extending that of James Blaut ajdre is that the West first bought itself a third class seat on the Asian economic train, then leased a whole railway carriage, and only in the nineteenth century managed to displace Asians from the locomotive.

Book titles OR Journal titles. I wonder how long it will take for the pendulum to swing back to Asia.

Andre Gunder Frank, ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age (ann.)

Global Economy in the Asian Age. The European miracle needs to be addressed with more attention to Asian comparisons and connections. As a matter of fact, almost everybody who has ever touched on the subject. Chapter Abstracts The Preface gives an account of the 40 years over which the ideas of this book have developed, from dependence theory, to world system theory to the present globalism.

To gknder so, one section examines reorienf unequal regional and sectoral structure and the uneven temporal or cyclical dynamic the growth of production and of population in the single global economy.

ReORIENT: Global Economy in the Asian Age – Andre Gunder Frank – Google Books

Resorting to import substitution and export promotion in the world market, they became Newly Industrializing Economies and tipped the global economic balance to the West. I also believed in American exceptionalism.

Read the rest of the book if you want the details.