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The books's global economic analysis offers a more holistic theoretical alternative. 'The Rise of the West' was not due to any 'European Miracle exceptionalism' that allegedly permitted it to pull itself up by its own bootstraps as Weberians have contended. Nor did Europe build a 'European world-economy around itself" a la Braudel and thereby 20 as per Marx and Wallerstein [as well as Frank's own WORLD ACCUMULATION 1492-1789] initiating a European centered 'Modern Capitalist World-System' primarily by exploiting the wealth of its American and African colonies. Instead, Europe used its American silver to buy itself marginal entry into the long since existing world market in Asia, which was much larger, more productive and competitive, continued to expand much faster until 1800, and was able to support a rate of population growth in Asia that was than double that of Europe until 1750.
Then changing world economic/ demographic/ ecological relations and relative factor prices in the competitive global economy resulted in the temporary 'Decline of the East' and the opportunity for the also temporary 'The Rise of the West'. Europe took advantage of this world economic opportunity through import substitution, export promotion and technological change to become Newly Industrializing Economies after 1800, as is again happening today in East Asia. That region is now REgaining its 'traditional' dominance in the global economy, with the Chinese 'Middle Kingdom' again at its 'center.'
INTRODUCTION TO REAL WORLD HISTORY VS. EUROCENTRIC SOCIAL THEORY
HOLISTIC METHODOLOGY AND OBJECTIVES
GLOBALISM, NOT EUROCENTRISM
CHAPTER OUTLINE OF A GLOBAL ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE
ANTICIPATING AND CONFRONTING RESISTANCE AND OBSTACLES
THE GLOBAL TRADE CAROUSEL 1400-1800
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD ECONOMY
MONEY WENT AROUND THE WORLD AND MADE THE WORLD GO ROUND
WORLD MONEY: ITS PRODUCTION AND EXCHANGE
THE GLOBAL ECONOMY: COMPARISONS AND RELATIONS
QUANTITIES: POPULATION, PRODUCTION, PRODUCTIVITY, INCOME AND TRADE
HORIZONTALLY INTEGRATIVE MACROHISTORY
SIMULTANEITY IS NO COINCIDENCE
DOING HORIZONTALLY INTEGRATIVE MACROHISTORY
WHY DID THE WEST WIN [TEMPORARILY] ?
UP AND DOWN THE LONG CYCLE ROLLICOASTER?
THE DECLINE OF THE EAST PRECEDED THE RISE OF THE WEST
HISTORIOGRAPHIC CONCLUSIONS AND THEORETICAL IMPLICATIONS
HISTORIOGRAPHIC CONCLUSIONS: THE EUROCENTRIC EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES
THEORETICAL IMPLICATIONS: THROUGH THE GLOBAL LOOKING GLASS