The World System: Five Hundred Years Or Five Thousand?

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Andre Gunder Frank, Barry K. Gills
Routledge, 1993 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
The historic long term economic interconnections of the world are now universally accepted. The idea of the economic 'world system' advanced by Immanuel Wallerstein has set the period of linkage in the early modern period but Andre Gunder Frank and Barry K. Gills think that this date is much too late. They argue an interconnection going back as much as 5000 years. In The World System, leading academics examine this issue, in a debate contributed to by William H. McNeill and Immanuel Wallerstein among others.

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Universal History This collection is really superb! Andre Gunder Frank and Barry K. Gills (henceforth, F/G) argue, against established 'World-Systems' Theory, that there is in reality only one ... Read full review

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The title of this book is exceptionally accurate. The contributors seek to answer one question only: does the validity of their historical theory of capitalism (which they call "world system theory ... Read full review

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Andre Gunder Frank received his PhD at the University of Chicago in economics and held professorships in several disciplines at universities on three continents. He published the first volume of "ReORIENT" in 1998. His opus includes some forty books and nearly one thousand articles and other pieces in numerous languages, spanning fifty years of global political and economic development. He is best known as the author of dependency theory and was one of the founders of the World Systems approach. He lived and traveled widely including significant sojourns in Latin America that brought him into the ken of Che Guevara, Allende, and ultimately Pinochet whose bloody coup drove Gunder Frank back to Europe. Throughout the rest of his life, he continued to break new boundaries of research and thought and was still working on this book until two weeks prior to his death in a hospital in Luxembourg on Saturday the 23rd of April, 2005.

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