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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Global Economy in the Asian Age. By Andre Gunder Frank. Berkeley, University of California Press, pp. Frank justifiably calls this his best book v.
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The first chapter includes responses to his critics, as it reiterates the need for historians to replace Ginder with globalism. Chapters 2 and 3 are the best compilation that we have to date of published data on world trade and monetary flows, c. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 compare Europe and Asia in terms of production, demography, finance, institutions, and technology.
The conclusion, that even at the end of the eighteenth century Asia was still the center of the world economy, as framk had been inhighlights the question of why this dominance ended so quickly.
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. Gunder Frank gives world history new sophistication and new challenges. The rendition of the modern world as a drama of Western expansion now has a systematic alternative.
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The European miracle needs to be reoridnt with more attention to Asian comparisons and connections. Gunder Frank does not ask, or answer, all of the important questions. Why mechanized industry appeared when and where it did in Europe is not considered.
The roles of Atlantic and Pacific economies, which changed the world of both Asia and Europe, are underplayed. Economic long cycles are not fleshed out empirically in the changing physical geography of the world economy. The next frontier for the world histories of Asia and Europe may be this vast zone of Eurasian articulations, which had specific and increasingly well-researched characteristics during early-modern centuries, and also embraced East Africa and the Middle East.
But one prerequisite for better research on the long-term history of Afro-Eurasia is that historians of Europe and America take regions of Asia more seriously as factors in making the modern world. Frsnk book may do the trick.
ReORIENT: Global Economy in the Asian Age
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