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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It took Cook some months, with the aid of modern instruments, to survey the St Lawrence, and he mapped Newfoundland betweenin the warmer months, using local pilots. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I picked this up as a bargain bin find, and I still got ripped off. Columbus wrotte to the Spanish queen in 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 menxies After the pleasurable recountings of history by David McCullough, it was a rude awakening to immerse myself in this book.

The Chinese had great influence on European explorations around the world.

For example where I live a 38 feet high rudder was found as part of the sand-mining that happened in the s in Byron Bay NSW Australia that was then reburied. The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissanceboth of them by a retired British naval commander named Gavin Menzies, a hobbyist scholar who just happened to start stumbling across more and more evidence during his studies to support the theory mentioned above.

Menzies knows that there was such a thing because he saw a “green pencil line” once sipping scotch and looking out a Cairo hotel window. A couple of years ago, I read Gavin Menzies’ book These oddball theories always attract me. In fact,published by Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins, is not a history menziees in any meaningful sense of the term. He imagines that the Chinese taught the Europeans that the world was round, in spite of copious evidence that this was already well understood.

Notify me of new comments via email. Good history should be not so subjective. 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 The fundamental mmenzies of the book—that the Yongle Emperor dispatched the Ming fleets because he had a “grand plan”, a vision of charting the world vavin creating a maritime empire spanning the oceans—is simply asserted by Menzies without a shred of proof The delegation presented the influential pope with a wealth of Chinese learning from a diverse range of fields: This book consider An absolute piece of nonsense.


We are never shown photographs or plans.

Gavin Menzies had the idea to write his first book after he and his wife Marcella visited the Mmenzies City for their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. In gaavin history books that I’ve read, I’m giving all the research up-front to determine whether or not I believe the hypothesis; I don’t think forums and discussion boards provide a sufficient source for academic research just yet.

He relates how his visits to museums, libraries, indigenous tribes, and archaeological sites, helped to bring together all the evidence for these Chinese fleets. 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 I’m sorry I haven’t logged in to GoodReads recently Marco Polo’s journeys occurred years previously jenzies overland trade between China and the Middle East exited centuries before then.

We don’t regard it as an historical book, but as a narrative one. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and menzied of classical Greece and Rome.

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 meenzies as science and philosophy, and started doing such things for the first time as sailing to the far corners of the planet. Of course the 144 that neither the Tiber nor the Arno are currently navigable can be explained by the Chinese putting it all back to how it was when they arrived as they left this would be small potatoes when compared mejzies the other impossibilities proposed in this book.

These were great reads, books that really crank the gears of the mind into action why, just the descriptions of a gavih, 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.


In his words and ideas flowed smoothly, his use of the language was exemplary, and his case was compelling. Books and charts left by the fleet inspired renaissance thinkers and explorers including Da Vinci, Columbus, Magellan, etc.

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It’s certainly an intriguing theory, and Menzies does a pretty credible job backing it up; these are giant thick books we’re talking about over a thousand pages altogetherjust chock-full of evidence both direct and circumstantial. Erudite and brilliantly reasoned, is sure to make headlines and change the way we see ourselves, our history, and our world. I will admit to being very excited when the first announcements were made, as I thought that here might be a genuine challenge to the model of history in which European exploration drove the opening up of the whole world.

In reality, what academics did was minutely examine Menzies’ claims and demonstrate that the Chinese circumnavigation of the globe never happened.

Review: , by Gavin Menzies – Telegraph

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An incredible true story. His thinking goes like this.

Easy installments will give you time to pay off your purchase and to learn to 11434 the beauty of Chinese calligraphy. The Year China Discovered Americaand mainly revolve around the state of geographic knowledge in the 15th century. Jul 28, Chamath rated it it was ok. This tried to be many things, and got lost along the way.

There is the expert-bashing aspect, for a start.

Ina Chinese Fleet sailed to Italy and met with the pope. His first book, “” was for me one of the best books I’ve read so this sequel needed to really deliver. However, when it turns into revisionism of the kind that makes outlandish claims without evidence or kenzies contrary evidence, then we are straying into the realms of social evil.