Asia’s Return to Preeminence10 April 2015
Book review: ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age. By Andre Gunder Frank. University of California Press, 1998. 450 pages. R$ 54.39 (www.amazon.com.br)
Why do we call the European peninsula a “continent”, while the much more numerous Indians have but a “subcontinent”, and the Chinese at best a “country”? It is these somewhat unusual — some would say quirky — questions that mark ReOrient, one of Andre Gunder Frank’s most important contributions to the discussion about the reemergence of Asia.
Rejecting mainstream history as overly eurocentric, Frank insists that we must take a broader view and recognize that the rise of the West is but a short chapter of a far more diverse and complex history that dates …