Synopses & Reviews
Frank identifies three assumptions behind the failure of Westernsocial thought to apprehend the rise of civilization, including its own. The assumptions are that European development was generated bysocial processes unique to Europe, that global and regional social systems that existed prior to the rise of Europe were less dynamicand therefore safe to ignore, and that the relevant time period around which scholars should focus their studies were those yearsduring which Europe emerged. The focus of scholarship should be the world system, he argues, because the incentives for rise and decline are global in nature, and local processes are rarely determinative.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Andre Gunder Frank was a path-breaking scholar in several disciplines over an illustrious and contentious 50-year career. First amongst his many important works is the book ReORIENT: Global Economy in the Asian Age, which sought to correct a Euro-centric world view of the development of the global political economy. Frank passed away in April 2005 while working on this new book, a sequel to ReORIENT. In this book Frank shows many of the myths of European industrialisation, hegemony and capitalism which have hidden the fact that Asia remained a serious power not just into the 18th century, as Frank himself argued in 1998, but well into the 19th century as well. When Frank passed away his colleagues rallied to finish this book and it is presented here as his final major statement.