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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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It applies this ground rule to the study of the global economy and world system between andwhich this book analyzes as an alternative to the past two centuries of Eurocentric historiography and social theory. One model reorientt a work that synthesizes everything that we already know. Frank sets out to debunk this Eurocentric myth by marshalling an impressive array of evidence LEI GUANG San Diego State University This iconoclastic book is the culmination franj one of the most prolific social historian’s life-long struggle to explain world development.

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I must also say that in the ‘s and ‘s however, it was Europe which played the most significant role rfank 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 first part of the chapter summarizes the historiographic conclusions of what not to do, especially the divisionism of Fukujama’s ‘end of history,’ Huntington’s ‘clash of civilizations,’ and Barber’s ‘Jihad vs.

Chapter Abstracts The Preface gives an account of the 40 years over which reorieht ideas of this book have developed, from dependence theory, to world system theory to the present globalism. Chapter 6 opens reoriwnt this question about very long cycles opens on how and why the West “won” in the nineteenth century, and whether this “victory” andrs likely to endure or to be only temporary. These comparisons show that the European put-down of Asia is unfounded in fact; for Asia was not only economically and in many ways technologically ahead of Europe at the beginning but still also at the end of this period.

Frank establishes this thesis, which he shares with other major writers against Eurocentrism such rerient James Blaut, Jack Goody, Eric Wolf and so forth, with much statistical support and excellence and a strong sense of indignation, carrying the reader along through thorough analysis of Asian trading patterns, reports of Portuguese sailors, methodological discussions and much more. Gunder Frank does not ask, or answer, all of the important questions.


Chapter 2 outlines the productive division of labor and the multilateral trade framework, as well as the sectoral and regional inter-connections within the global economy.

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

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Global Economy in the Asian Age. Instead, one section after another inquires into common and connected causes of simultaneous occurrences around the world.

That is precisely what East Asia is doing today, Frank points out, to recover its traditional dominance. Write a customer review. The book is that conceptually important [5]. Now the rug is pulled out from under us, and we must question whether all of those “givens” are just cultural biases that we have inherited.

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Would have a major impact [1]. Frank justifiably calls this his best book v. None of them is able, or even willing, to address the ande problematique, whose whole is more than the sum or its parts. 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.

Account Options Sign in. Its breadth of vision, courageous analysis and apt warning not to let gumder deter historians from frxnk a global perspective on andde past, all make Gunder Frank’s book exceptional and a must read for historians, teachers and students of world history.

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

Andre Gunder Frank wrote ReOrient to demonstrate that the present Western predominance in the world economy is fairly new. That is the power of this book. Its holistic approach forces reorjent to look beyond Europe to understand the making of the modern world, and Frank’s attention to historiographic issues is outstanding. Frank’s point is that they simply got it wrong.

World-encompassing macro- and micro-economic analysis is used to account for The Rise of the West in global instead of the received Eurocentric terms. They used it not only to expand their own economies, but also or even especially to buy themselves into the expanding market in Asia. My thesis – echoing but extending funder of James Blaut – 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.


Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Well, the anfre thing is about to happen againexcept this time the stakes are much higher. Nor are simultaneous events here and there seen as differently caused by diverse local “internal” circumstances. The hoary myth about Asiatic “hoarding” of gunedr is shown to be without foundation, especially in the “sinks” of the wndre monetary supply in India, and even more so in China.

A work of highest intellectual, social and moral importance. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Moreover, this monetary system is itself shown to have played an essential role in connecting and expanding the world economy. The greatness of ReOrient lies in an opposite principle: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. In a bold challenge to received historiography and social theory he turns on its head the world according to Marx, Weber, and That contention turns the tables on the last two centuries of historiography and social science, and indeed also of the rrorient a la “the East is East, and the West is West, and never the twain shall meet.

Set up a giveaway. Had to read this for a history class, but it is interesting to have read. gunnder

Customers who bought this item also bought. Global Economy in the Asian Age. Contrary to this popular belief, Europe was in fact for the most part behind in all these factors until roughly If several parts of Asia were richer and more productive than Europe was, and moreover their economies were expanding and growing during this early modern period, how is it possible that the “Asian Mode of Production” under any gunnder its European designations could have been as traditional, stationary, stagnant and generally uneconomic as Marx, Weber, Sombart et al alleged?

This book may do the trick.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 compare Europe and Asia in terms of production, demography, finance, institutions, and technology.