Among distinguished sociologists, Andre Gunder Frank was a German-American economic historian and sociologist known for Dependency Theory and World Systems Theory. Andre Gunder Frank produced over 1,000 publications in 30 languages. Andre Gunder Frank's works included the subjects economic history, international relations, historical sociology, political economy, and world history. Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America (1967), was a formative text in dependency theory.
ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age (1998) was a reworking of the history of the development over the last 500 years, giving precedence to the role of Asia.
The World System: Five Hundred Years or Five Thousand with Barry Gills covered the last 5,000 years of history. According to Andre Gunder Frank's theories a nation's economic strength is largely determined by historical circumstances. He also suggested that purely export oriented solutions to development create imbalances.