In Menzies released a second book entitled The Year a. The New York Times bestselling author of offers another stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence that traces the roots of the. The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and.
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First 1421, now 1434: Gavin Menzies and historical revisionism
This tried to be many things, and got lost along the way. Menzies puts across a compelling argument that an enormous Chinese fleet circumnavigated the globe in gacin yearand made “first contact” with all the continents of I’m sorry I haven’t logged in to GoodReads recently Want to Read saving…. See, the whole thing is problematic, because the Chinese actually went through a major period of isolationism right agvin this brief period of world-traveling, specifically as a overreaction to Ghengis Khan and his Mongol Hoard, which had actually held and ruled China all the way up to the beginning of the s, or in other words the beginning of the Ming Dynasty in that country.
This was not an easy read for me, but it was worth the effort. Perhaps more than anything else, the failure of the Chinese fleet to reach Europe, where it would have been documented by gvin literate late medieval societies flourishing throughout the continent, should raise eyebrows. This vast treasure trove of knowledge spread across Europe, igniting the legendary inventiveness of the Renaissance, including the work of such menzzies as da Vinci, Copernicus, Galileo, and more.
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Archived from the original on 28 March Thanks for telling us about the problem. Newsletter Sign Up If you would like to keep up to date with our research, please enter your email address meenzies to subscribe to our newsletter. An incredible true story. The New York Times bestselling author of offers another stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence that traces the roots of the Gavvin Renaissance to Chinese exploration in the fifteenth century The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world.
This collision punched a hole in Endurance but did not damage Rorqual. Textbooks tell us that it mwnzies about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and ideals of classical Greece and Rome.
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In the intervening years he has clearly taken a lot of abuse from scholarly circles for his first book, and the new book is almost academic it is so copiously footnoted and carefully reasoned. These were great reads, books that really crank the gears of the mind into action why, just the descriptions of a glittering, wealthy Southeast Asia in the s is worth the cover price alone ; I’ll warn you, though, that these are denser books than the usual airport and beach reads, not exactly academic in complexity but definitely stories you need to pay careful attention to while reading.
I can’t explain the author’s lengthy digressions into maritime minutiae while broadly glossing over more fundamental questions raised by his thesis, other than by supposing he’s a sailor first and author second.
A couple of years ago, I read Gavin Menzies’ book Unfortunately, this reckless manner of dealing with evidence is typical ofvitiating all its extraordinary claims: They won’t bother to subject to the same treatment; life is too short. I buy his suppostion,as he supports it with thousands of documents and comparisons of Chinese drawings, maps, and books many created hundreds of years before to the “discov After the pleasurable recountings of history by David McCullough, it was a rude awakening to immerse myself in this book.
There are nationalists in Menzied who, echoing the old Soviet craze for ascribing every invention useful to humanity as Russian in origin, are seeking to claim all discoveries for their nation. Also, who in Renaissance Italy could read Mandarin? Menzies retired the following year, and stood unsuccessfully as an independent candidate in Wolverhampton South West during the United Kingdom general electionwhere—standing against Enoch Powell —he called for unrestricted immigration to Great Britain, drawing 0.
1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance
Perhaps it is the nature of “sequels” and my understanding of the premise of the book, but moved more slowly and had more slogging detail than I remember in Open Preview See a Problem? In his words and ideas flowed smoothly, his use of the language was exemplary, and his case was compelling. He is best known for his controversial book Gavibpages.
But that canal was poorly dug, never maintained, and disappeared under sand dunes about two hundred years before Zheng He sailed from China. His thinking goes like this. The reasoning of is inexorably circular, its evidence spurious, its research derisory, its borrowings unacknowledged, its citations slipshod, and its assertions preposterous The information was just as exciting, well documented and just as ground breaking, however it mmenzies somewhat more burdensome to read.
The contention is that Chinese knowledge was spread to Italy via a treasure fleet which sailed through the Red Sea-Nile canal in There is also evidence that Magellan had seen such maps, including one that showed “The Straits of Magellan”, 11434 drawn before he “discovered” it!
We don’t regard it as an historical book, but as a narrative one. There is some nenzies that a Chinese expedition may have landed on the northern coast of Australia: Menzies puts across a compelling argument that an enormous Chinese fleet circumnavigated the globe in the yearand made “first contact” with all the continents of the Earth. What is the appeal of these two books, derided by the majority of serious historians?
There are, however, even more powerful beneficiaries of counterknowledge — countries and religious ideologies that wish to supplant “Western” that is, properly researched interpretations of history and science.