Ha muerto Gunder Frank

Amigos y amigas de HaD:

Lamentamos tener que informar que el pasado sábado, 23 de abril de 2005, ha muerto André Gunder Frank.

Su relevante participación en el III Congreso Internacional Historia a Debate, en precarias condiciones de salud, ha sido su testamento historiográfico.

Gracias, querido André, en nombre de todos los que te conocimos en Compostela los días 14-18 de julio de 2004, disfrutamos de tus intervenciones, sufrimos con tu dolor y sus consecuencias, admiramos tu entusiasmo en tales circunstancias.

Contribuiremos André a que no se pierda su aportación personal a la historia y las ciencias sociales, desde un punto de vista siempre comprometido, creativo e innovador.

Nuestras condolencias a tu familia, y colegas más cercanos.

Que Clio te guarde en su gloria.

Carlos Barros
Coordinador de Historia a Debate
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I have just received word of the death of the noted economist and historian Andre Gunder Frank. He died early in the morning on Saturday, 23 April 2005, in Luxembourg, where he had moved with his wife, Alison Candela, in order to live near his son Miguel and his family.

Frank was perhaps best know for his contributions to dependency and world systems theory, and his earliest interest in these approaches grew out of his concern for modern Latin America, which he retained throughout his life. A number of his books and articles took as their focus the impact of the links established by the expansion of Portuguese and Spanish domains outside of Europe, and particularly in the Americas.

His last major work was the book *ReORIENT: Global Economy in the Asian Age* (University of California Press, 1998). The central argument of the book is that in the first global age, 1400-1800, all major regions were connected and interacted all of the time. Therefore, the history of no place could be understood without taking into account the way it was linked to other places in this vast global system. To grasp history on this scale required what Frank described as a "holistic global analysis." The production of precious metals, especially silver, in the mines of Castile's American domains was central to the book's argument.

Frank had lived with cancer for over a dozen years and had endured four or five major operations. He was well along in the writing of a book on world history in the nineteenth century, and despite pain and exhaustion, continued to work up until about two weeks ago.

His family will have a small gathering to express their love for Gunder before he is cremated on Tuesday afternoon, April 26, in the Luxembourg crematory. Friends and colleagues who wish or are able to attend are welcome to come. Because Luxembourg law requires a rapid cremation, Gunder's son Paul sent a message two days ago to all of the people on his father's huge l ist of e-mail contacts to let them know that he was dying. The family wanted to allow those who were able to do so to make travel arrangements.The family has been a bit overwhelmed by the response because they have already received over a thousand messages of condolence, remembrance, and friendship from friends and colleagues of Gunder's all over the world, and they report that they probably will not be able to answer all of them personally. However, if you have something that you would like to share with them, here is the contact information.

Alison Candela, his wife: [email protected]

Miguel Frank, his son: [email protected]

Miguel's phone number in Luxembourg is +352 091 656 236

Paul Frank, his son: [email protected]


J. B. "Jack" Owens, Ph.D.
Professor of History & Guggenheim Fellow
Idaho State University
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