Biography[ edit ] Frank was born in Germany to Jewish  parents, pacifist writer Leonhard Frank and his second wife Elena Maqenne Penswehr, but his family fled the country when Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor. Frank received schooling in several places in Switzerland , where his family settled, until they emigrated to the United States in He earned his Ph. His doctorate was a study of Soviet agriculture entitled Growth and Productivity in Ukrainian Agriculture from to
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Related Books 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.
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 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. Reviews "Frank shows how Marx and Weber got it all wrong. A fundamental rethinking of the rise of the West and the origin of the world-system. Absolutely essential to understanding world history.
A benchmark study.
ReORIENT: Global Economy in the Asian Age
But I DO judge a book by its methods and methodologies , and by the plausibility of the authors intelligence as measured not merely in the round, or in the totality of his or her conception, but in the burrow holes of each paragraph, each sentence, each clause. And as soon as I smell a rat or a fraud, I toss the book. I can get its overall second-hand and thats usually good enough. At least, so experience has taught me. Frank is another one of those academic I do not judge a book by its cover.
André Gunder Frank
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