ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age

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University of California Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 416 pages
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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. 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. Frank explains the Rise of the West in world economic and demographic terms that relate it in a single historical sweep to the decline of the East around 1800. 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. Resorting to import substitution and export promotion in the world market, they became Newly Industrializing Economies and tipped the global economic balance to the West. That is precisely what East Asia is doing today, Frank points out, to recover its traditional dominance. As a result, the "center" of the world economy is once again moving to the "Middle Kingdom" of China. Anyone interested in Asia, in world systems 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. 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. 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. Frank explains the Rise of the West in world economic and demographic terms that relate it in a single historical sweep to the decline of the East around 1800. 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. Resorting to import substitution and export promotion in the world market, they became Newly Industrializing Economies and tipped the global economic balance to the West. That is precisely what East Asia is doing today, Frank points out, to recover its traditional dominance. As a result, the "center" of the world economy is once again moving to the "Middle Kingdom" of China. Anyone interested in Asia, in world systems 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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User Review  - kday_working - LibraryThing

East/West trade is an old story -- and this book details the literal money exchange and flow in the different centuries between the two hemispheres. Fascinating.... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy Hurdis - Goodreads

Although Frank has a noble goal, his research methods undermine his project. No primary research, and no definitions for the few terms he uses after discarding so many others as 'Eurocentric'. This book is rife with problems. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction to Real World History vs Eurocentric Social Theory I
1
Globalism not Eurocentrism
8
Outline of a Global Economic Perspective
34
2
40
The Global Trade Carousel 14001800
52
India and the Indian Ocean
84
Southeast Asia
92
Japan
104
Science and Technology
185
World Technological Development
204
5
222
Simultaneity Is No Coincidence
228
6
258
the West Rise?
276
A Global Economic Demographic Explanation
297
Past Conclusions and Future Implications
318

Central Asia
117
Russia and the Baltics
123
3
130
the Winners Use Their Money?
151
Comparisons and Relations
165
Through the Global Looking Glass
339
Agency vs Structure
351
INDEX
389
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About the author (1998)

Andre Gunder Frank, of the University of Toronto, has published more than thirty books. Most recently he coedited, with Barry Gills, World System: Five Hundred Years or Five Thousand? (1996).

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