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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Then before you can absorb that the author has just admitted that the map he is claiming represents the state of geographic knowledge in the ‘s was painted in gavkn ‘s, we are quickly distracted with a discussion of two other maps made in the early 15th century not reproduced in the book that he claims show Chinese colonies on Vancouver Island and accurate representations of the Bering Strait “before Bering or Vancouver”.

May 17, Andy added it. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Tan Ta Sen, president of the International Zheng He Society, has acknowledged the book’s popular appeal as well as its scholarly failings, remarking, “The book is very interesting, but you still need more evidence.

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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 “discoveries” of the Italian illuminati inright after Zheng He arrived in Venice with his fleet of junks from China.

Jul 09, Bobbi rated it it was ok. Instead what you get is akin to being locked in a room for 18 hours with a monomaniac with Attention Deficit Disorder popping speed and rummaging through a pile of newspaper clippings he has collected for several decades that proves, PROVES!!

Albrecht Heeffer investigated Menzies’ claim that Regiomontanus based his solution to the Chinese remainder theorem on the Chinese work Mathematical Treatise in Nine Sections from Jun 25, Jason Pettus rated it really liked it Shelves: For a sample of how this works one first has to buy the ancient myth that Europeans before Columbus believed the world was flat. The book is fascinating, and the evidence is on my front door.

He who controls the past, controls the future. There is no evidence to connect China to Europe presented in this book. 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 Menzies, like Erich von Daniken Chariots of the Gods before him, is fixed on a theory of history and evaluates “data” only on the basis of whether they fit his theory.

Well, okay, so not everyone completely agrees with this theory; but it’s the surprisingly strong one being espoused in the books I was born and brought up in Letchworth Garden City, so I have a life-long connection with the area. 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.

The New York Times. Apparently, the thesis of this book is that the Renaissance began in Italy around because the Chinese arrived with revolutionary knowledge, but you can’t get that from reading the book. Florence and Venice of the early fifteenth century were hubs of world trade, attracting traders from across the globe. Take for example the evidence for this magnificent fleet of one thousand junks.

Menzies’ scholarship is impressive! I cannot overstate the importance of these encyclopedias to the opening chapters of Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In Menzies released a second book entitled He arrived at the conclusion that the solution method does not depend on this text but on the earlier Sunzi Suanjing as does the treatment of a similar problem by Fibonacci which predates the Mathematical Treatise in Nine Sections.

In his follow up book “” He claims that the European Renaissance was sparked by the Chinese. Former British submarine commander and amateur historian. The writing is awful and delves too much into the authors research trips, vacation notes, and what he and Marcela, his wife, thought of this or that locale. Pertanyaannya, bagaimana jika Cheng Ho meneruskan pelayarannya hingga ke Laut Tengah dan kemudian singgah di Tuscany wilayah Kerajaan Romawi Suci untuk bertemu dengan sang Paus?

You are commenting using your WordPress. The Year China Discovered Americaand mainly revolve around the state of geographic knowledge in the 15th century. Just an awful book. Likewise, Menzies paints an engrossing picture of Florentine scholars sitting in the Palazzo Vecchio, picking up scientific and artistic secrets from the Chinese which were then passed on to — you’ve guessed it — Leonardo da Vinci.

First 1421, now 1434: Gavin Menzies and historical revisionism

Examination of the book’s central claims reveals they are uniformly without substance. China has been for the West, a mystery.

A ship loaded mezies trade goods and supplies and crew and had been sailing continuously for a couple of years would draw considerably deeper. These are astonishing claims and must surely be backed up by good, contemporary evidence. His thinking goes like this.

The scientific details about Chinese navigation, the technological details about Chinese canals and locks, were fascinating. Maybe his idea is true, but someone else will have to do the work of proving it because Menzies didn’t want to.

A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. The author writes like it mebzies a doctoral thesis proving the influence of the Chinese on the bright Italian scholars of the time da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Alberti, Toscannelli that caused the Renaiassance.