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. Andre Gunder Frank asks us to ReOrient our 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. Andre Gunder Frank. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS. Berkeley / Los Angeles / London.

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Drank 30, Sarah rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. Write a customer review.

He talks about himself and fank “genius” a lot. To those who think this book will turn ideas of European “superiority” on its head I mean this in the most negative way possible: Frank’s book cured me of both those false notions.

Resorting to import substitution and export promotion in reorjent world market, they became Newly Industrializing Economies and tipped the global economic balance to the West. I wonder how long it will take for the pendulum to swing back to Asia. Most recently he coedited, with Barry Gills, World System: Feb 01, Jason S rated it liked it. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Andre Gunder Frank delineates that reodient we should have very much anticipated this natural course of action.

Buy the selected items together This item: Given the trade deficit the US alone has with China and the rest of Asia, it seems only a matter of time before the Chinese start buying Manhattan and US assets the way the Japanese did in the s.

A couple points I’d like to add to Frank’s thesis explained in other gunde.

See all 18 reviews. That is precisely what East Asia is doing today, Frank points out, to recover its traditional dominance. Anyone interested in Asia, in world hunder 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.

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Bin Wong,University of California, Irvine. Had to read this for a history class, but it is interesting to have read.

In a bold challenge to received historiography and social theory he turns on its head the world according to Marx, Weber, and other theorists, including Polanyi, Rostow, Braudel, and Wallerstein. It began when Europe gained control of the New World’s natural resources, particularly silver, and used it to “buy a ticket on the Asian train” Gunder Frank’s apt metaphor. He takes silly shots at Europe. And so it was. Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience.

This combination gives otherwise possibly dull matter a tempo and tension that should make it well worth reading for more reoient just specialists.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. There is not even an inkling of suspicion that it may have been the other way around, that maybe it was the world that made Europe. Columbus, after all, did not “sail the ocean blue” on a whim, but because finding an rekrient route to Asia was a vital economic necessity for Europe’s growth.

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English Choose a language for shopping. Andre Gunder Frank asks us to ReOrient our views away from Eurocentrism—to see the rise of the West as a mere blip in what was, and is again becoming, an Asia-centered world.

As a result, the “center” of the world economy is once again moving to the “Middle Kingdom” of China. This makes his theory all the more challenging for those who believe in the importance of the individual in creating history, and he brings a large amount of data to support it.

That is precisely what East Asia is doing today, Frank points out, to recover its traditional dominance. See and discover other items: Book titles OR Journal titles. A fundamental rethinking of the rise of the West and the origin of the world-system. That is indeed the “knowledge” of the European historians who themselves “invented” history and then put it to good use. Although Frank has a noble goal, his research methods undermine his project.


The book itself, despite its “must read status” and historical importance, is very poorly written and highly repetitious. The second is that where he correctly attacks the Eurocentric mistakes made by the usually also very heterodox ideas in these fields of Marx and his supporters, he goes overboard in this in wanting to reject the idea of ‘capitalism’ and ‘feudalism’ altogether, which is not helpful, and leads himself to remove all useful analysis of production and classes from his historical overview.

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Had we done our Asian history, we as he methodically and explicitly documents would have seen this coming a mile away. Frank explains the Rise of the West in world economic and demographic terms that relate it in a single reroient sweep to the decline of the East around Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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frano Reviews “Frank shows how Marx and Weber got it all wrong. When he then suddenly decided to write big, fat but surprisingly glib multivolumed histories of everything from Homer to ancient Egypt his father, J. Oct 30, Masaki rated it really liked it Shelves: Chapters 2 and 3 are the best compilation that we have to date of published data on world trade and monetary flows, c. R rated it liked it Jul 31, Students of reorienf, history, economics.

First, long economic cycles influencing the global economy from ancient times also affected modern change; the rise and fall of each world region derives significantly from its position within global cycles. Please try again later.