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 held Eurocentric ideas about the origins of the modern economics, commerce, and industry. These above five regions also had the 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, Anvre cotton textiles, and South-East spices and gems, should be noted.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Chapter 3 signals how American and Japanese money went around the world circulatory system and provided the life blood fraank made the world go round. I wonder how long it will take for the pendulum to swing back to Asia.

Andre Gunder Frank

Its breadth of vision, courageous analysis and apt warning not to let reoriwnt deter historians from pursuing a global perspective on the past, all make Gunder Frank’s book exceptional and a must read for historians, teachers and students of world history.

Don’t have a Kindle? One of these items ships sooner than the other. The author redefines our baseline for assessing the ‘rise’ of Europe. The first chapter includes responses to his critics, as it reiterates the need for historians to replace Eurocentricism with globalism.

A fundamental rethinking of the rise of the West and the origin of the world-system. Can it do reprient especially as it suffers from the drawback of not being able to answer various questions relating to the resurgence of the Asian economy without reorienting its analysis of world history and global political economy.

Three separate test attempts by other scholars [cited below] offer some confirmatory evidence of the existence and my dating of these alleged cycles and their phases. This development also took advantage of the “Decline of Asia” afterwhose roots and timing are also examined in a separate section of the chapter.


As a result, the “center” of the world economy is once again moving to the “Middle Kingdom” of China. The scholarship is superior.

In this, Gunxer not only argues against the received opinion, still taught in practically every high school history reorkent, that Europe was dominant in the world from the Middle Ages on if not earlierbut also against colleagues in heterodoxy whom he accuses of still ceding too much ground to a Eurocentric, Euro-endogenous view of the origin of the Industrial Revolution, among whom are giants like Wallerstein and Braudel.

The World System A. That is precisely what East Asia is doing today, Frank points out, to recover its traditional dominance.

The Chapter 1 Introduction presents the ‘unity in diversity’ theme of this book and its general idea that the whole is more than the sum of, and also shapes, its parts and their relations.

Books Digital Products Journals. Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience. Thus, we will see that all received economic and social theory based on the neglect or outright denial of this world-wide division of labor is without historical foundation.

No other work both provides the exhaustive documentation and the theoretical clarity and conviction of thesis. Did this pattern of such long cycles continue into early modern times? Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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Once again, his argument is clear, organized, and often exciting. No other work both provides the exhaustive documentation and the theoretical clarity and conviction of thesis. That is precisely what East Asia is doing today, Frank points out, to recover its traditional dominance. Please try again later. All in all, this book is important for understanding the world’s past as well as the contours of the future. The argument is that not Asia’s alleged weakness and Europe’s alleged strength in the period of early modern world history, but rather the effects of Asia’s strength led to its decline after and that Europe’s actions reflected the weakness of its perviously marginal position in the world economy and led to its ascendance after This impressive and illuminating analysis sets out to challenge the mother of all orthodoxies that Europe discovered capitalism and industrialisation and that what followed and is happening and will happen is essentially a fallout of this European preeminence.


I traced these back to BC and up to about AD.

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

Contrary to this popular belief, Europe was in fact for the most part behind in all deorient factors until roughly 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.

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See and discover other items: I must also say that in the ‘s and ‘s however, it was Europe which played the most significant role in moving the science, technology, industry, trade, and commerce of the world forward and to greater new heights, just as the other six regions of the world have done in the past.

The Wallersteinian world economy did not give rise to the world-system, Frank argues, but the Afroeurasian world system gave rise to the European world economy. European states, he says, used the silver extracted from the American colonies to buy entry into an expanding Asian market that already flourished in the global economy. It aims, first, to provide a new account of the rise of Western Europe in which the actions and institutions of Europe itself become far less important than forces that operated at the global level, and were largely a product of developments that began in East and South Asia circaand were then accelerated by the rush of New World silver after It departs from virtually all other ‘global’ or ‘world’ system perspectives by arguing that Europe was not the central location of economic dynamism in the early modern world and therefore that ‘capitalism’ was not a unique cultural phenomenon that can explain the differential economic success of Europe over Asia.

Much will be completely new to many other historians and social scientists who will have to change their views and rewrite their lectures after they read it. A couple points I’d like to add to Frank’s thesis explained in other reviews.