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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Oct 17, Lesandre rated it it was ok. There are nationalists in China 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. Columbus wrotte to the Spanish queen in But that canal was poorly dug, never maintained, and disappeared under sand dunes about two hundred years before Zheng He sailed from China.
So even in its original English incarnation it strikes as outlandish, huh? Both books, whether Menzies’ speculative conclusions prove correct or not, illustrate that our Euro-centric attitudes about history must give way to acceptance that there are more possible sources of our business, science and culture. These were great reads, gabin 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 bavin 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.
Although the book contains numerous footnotes, references and acknowledgments, critics point out that it lacks supporting references for Chinese voyages beyond East Africa, the location acknowledged by professional historians as the limit of the fleet’s travels.
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His journeys importance do not need to be exaggerated. Jun 24, Christian rated it really liked it Shelves: Post was not sent – check your email addresses!
Good history should be not so subjective. There is some evidence that a Chinese expedition may have landed on the northern coast of Australia: Some of them have an odor of truth to them. Dec 16, Virginia rated it it was ok Shelves: The best Menzies can do is throw in the usual European maps that Bad Archaeologists are so fond of, some inscribed stones without reproducing the inscriptionsthe odd mystery building such as the Newport Tower, a seventeenth-century windmill!
His book is a “proof” of that thesis, but I’m not entirely convinced and got sick of being referred to his website which Couldn’t finish this book.
The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. The Year China Discovered the World”. People always like to see them brought down a peg or two and when it is done by an amateur, it makes them feel that perhaps anyone can do it.
Retrieved 10 October Thanks for telling us about the problem. The only thing worse than Gavin Menzies’ writing is his faulty logic and poor research. But at least Menzies has started something, and people could find more evidence. The Year China Discovered the World No 15th century accounts exist in Italy or elsewhere in the Mediterranean of a large fleet of Chinese Junks being The only thing worse than Gavin Menzies’ writing is his faulty logic and poor research.
The New York Times. This collision punched a hole in Endurance but did not damage Rorqual. In his words and ideas flowed smoothly, his use of the language was exemplary, and his case was compelling. The evidence is not examined at great lengths, and a lot of his research depends on the British Library System; the author does I picked this up as a bargain bin find, and I still got ripped off.
Retrieved 23 June Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He who controls the past, controls the future. I will also pass over his bizarre and unworkable system of defining longitude that uses ditches and water and shadows and astonishingly accurate star charts that somehow everyone forgot about after this voyage.
This page was last edited on 20 Octoberat In a world in which we are free to choose “facts” to suit our tastes or our commercial and political interests, history, like science, has become infinitely malleable. Gavin on the surface appears rational and he spins a good yarn.
We Westerners are of course familiar with the historical period known as the Renaissance ; taking place between the s and s, it’s the period when Europeans finally crawled out of their Dark-Age hole, rediscovered such ancient Greek concepts as science and philosophy, and started doing such things for the first time as sailing to the far corners of the planet. Regardless of the lack of formalised evidence and its significant departure from accepted history, and yes, clearly a few errors….
Review: 1434, by Gavin Menzies
He doesn’t claim to be more of an expert than he is, and for all his shortcomings in writing style and cohesive case building it’s more of a drawn-out story than a debatethe evidence he finds and conn As with readingyou get the feeling that Gavin Menzies is a little bit of an obsessive kook, but even though he interrupts his stories menizes discussions of the wine he drank with his wife in a particular European hotel, he only occasionally bends the evidence to fit his preconceived notion.
Oct 06, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: No concrete record exists anywhere of this vast and unprecedented fleet anywhere along its path. Another compelling book from Menzies. This would be menzjes excellent answer too, because menzie would explain how the Magnificent Fleet managed to sail to Rome up the Tiber and to Florence up the Arno.
The standards of these books, which are at best wishful thinking and at worst outright fabrication, ought to mrnzies prevented any publisher from putting them out as non-fiction or, at the very least, to have ensured that they were marketed as works of speculation. Refresh and try again.
Former British naval officer Menzies, contends that Chinese admiral Zheng He’s fleet sailed menzzies as far as Florence causing menziew major transfer of knowledge from China to the ‘west’ including technology and stimulating the renaissance View all posts by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews.
It is amusing that some of the very things von Daniken insisted were gifts of extraterrestrials Menzies claim came from early 15th Century Chinese. After the pleasurable recountings of history by David McCullough, it was a rude awakening to immerse myself in this book.
The problem is that the evidence he marshalls in its support does not actually support it. The same is true of the alleged exotic inscriptions hundreds of kilometres upstream along the River Congo.