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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Andre Gunder Frank ReOrient: 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. The conclusion, that even at the end of the eighteenth century Asia was still the center of the world economy, as it had been inhighlights the question of why this dominance ended so quickly.

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. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Despite a degree in International Economics from an east coast school known for its School of Foreign Service, I firmly believed Max Weber that the Protestant work-ethic was the source of western prosperity.

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Gunder Frank does not ask, or answer, all of the important questions. We need a world economic accounting for and explanation andte this world economic process and event.

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. The book builds up, chapter by chapter, the global scaffolding that will permit the construction of at least preliminary answers derived from the structure and dynamic of the world economy as a whole. Recourse to a more holistic global historiography and social theory suggests how Asian, and particularly Chinese, predominance in the world economy through the eighteenth century presages its return to dominance also in the twenty-first century.


Frank pulls the rug out from under the Eurocentrism of Marx, Weber, Toynbee and even Wallerstein [and] the accepted ideological frameworks through which Western social theorists hide from thesmselves the deep interdependency of the world.

Chapter 3 examines the role of money in the world economy as a whole and in shaping the relations among its regional parts. See and discover other items: He now gives us the brilliant “Re-Orient”, an incisive bon mot that not only steers us away from Eurocentric history but emphasizes even during the period of the so-called European hegemony, of Asia’s vigor and significance.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The hoary myth about Asiatic “hoarding” of money is shown to be without foundation, especially in the “sinks” of the world monetary supply in India, and even more so in China.

The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation. However, this chapter also launches the argument that production, trade, their institutions and technology should not only be inter-nationally compared, but that they must also be seen as being mutually related and generated on a world economic level.

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.

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

Moreover, this monetary system is itself shown to have played an essential role in connecting and expanding the world economy. That is the power of this book.

There is no way we can understand and account for what happened in Europe or America without taking account of what happened in Asia and Africa – and vice versa- nor what happened anywhere without identifying the influences that emanated from everywhere, that is from the structure and dynamic of the whole world [system] itself. It will turn your notions of Western superiority on their head.


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I traced these back to BC and up to about AD. Such cyclical and monetary analysis is used to rrorient account in the s for the simultaneous fall of the Ming in China and of revolution in England, rebellion in Spain and Japan, and other problems in Manila and elsewhere. Dry like the desert, but full of information.

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It also shows, at least implicitly, what kind of a world economic division of labor existed, expanded, and changed in the early modern period from about to A brilliant theory-Frank’s single-minded, relentless, and compelling organic model achieves coherence andfe has much to offer.

We will see that not only were various parts of Asia economically far more important in and to the world economy than all of Europe. The company was founded in California in and sold to the Singapore government in About the Book 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.

Thus, the industrial revolution and its eventual use by the Europeans to achieve a position of dominance in the world economy cannot be adequately explained on the basis reoriejt of factors “internal” to Europe, not even supplemented by colonially based accumulation of capital. Selected pages Title Page.