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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And this is what he claims is the source of all that detail on the Pacific Coast: You are commenting using your WordPress. See, the whole thing is problematic, because the Chinese actually went through a major period of isolationism right after 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.

But I love mnezies thought of my brother with his angry Chinese wife plowing through Chinese docs in China to debunk Menzies. Wish his work were more widely acknowledged. Phoenix TV, a television company part-owned by Murdoch, has produced a documentary based on that has played to vast audiences in China; President Hu Jintao, no less, endorsed Menzies’ theories when he addressed a joint session of the Australian Parliament.

I have posted on Gavin Menzies on my blog mensies reached the same conclusions as you. What is the appeal of these two books, derided by the majority of serious historians?

The title of the book is misleading. Presentation by Menzies on Sep 01, Ryan Patrick rated it it was ok Shelves: Oct 19, Mom rated it really liked it.

1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance

The original was “published” his mistake, it is a painted map in and clearly shows the coastline of California and Mexico with a degree of detail not previously known to Europeans until the s and includes mentions of several high-profile Venician traders as sources including the Polos! Some of them have an odor of truth to them. That is the way the Chinese brand management works — and how it will work in the future.

As the result of that single circumnavigation the Chinese not only knew the shapes of all the continents, but they also knew what they were named by the Spanish a century later. If you would like to keep up to date with our gwvin, please enter your email address here to subscribe to our newsletter.


Books by Gavin Menzies. 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.

My dates hear are not accurate as to Admiral He, approx To ?. Click below to see maps relating to ” and ”. Believe me, there is no reason to waste your time on this unreadable and entirely illogical book. The book When the data from this book is looked at from menzues historical perspective supporting what is found in the world then the world evidence just happens to support what is in gavvin book.

See, one of the things Menzies gqvin while in the navy was actually sail the ancient Chinese routes talked about in these books; he therefore has an expert’s understanding on what these routes must’ve been like for the original Chinese sailors, and can thus explain the inconsistencies in the maps and charts they left behind.

Review: , by Gavin Menzies – Telegraph

A further posible source of certifacation may just be the Admiralty Archives in London in the prior voyages or varifacation by Master J. There is never even a moment where the whirlwind of invented evidence and efforts to boost page views stops long enough to even consider the far simpler possibility that information and inventions can travel in one person’s head, and do not require a fleet of a thousand unnoticed sand-sailing ships packed with their hyper-literate crews, their hookers, and their encyclopedias to arrive in Europe.

Closer to home, China is enjoying another PR success. This site uses cookies. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! There does therefore seem to be evidence that Chinese voyagers of the time of Zheng He did reach Australia.

Mar 26, John Desaulniers, Jr. Neither will I comment on the gross ethnic stereotypes indulged in within these covers. The author states that both Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci as well as Portuguese navigators had the Chinese maps and that the Chinese inventions led to the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and others. Seth is typical of the kind of person who produces and maintains pseudoscience.

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.

Archived from the original on 10 June Archived from the original on 27 January Marco Polo’s journeys occurred years previously and overland trade between China and the Middle East exited centuries before then.


Return to Book Page. 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. Dec 03, Adrienne added it Shelves: Just a moment gacin we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Review: 1434, by Gavin Menzies

He is best known for his controversial book The danger of rattling good yarns is that they may downplay the real history. The fundamental assumption of the book—that the Yongle Emperor dispatched the Ming fleets because he had gavij “grand plan”, a vision of charting the world and creating a maritime empire spanning the oceans—is simply asserted by Menzies without a shred of proof Based on years of research, this marvelous history argues that a Chinese fleet—official ambassadors of the emperor—arrived in Tuscany inwhere they were received by Pope Eugenius IV in Florence.

The Chinese had great influence on European explorations around the world. Menzies is most known for his book ” They look like history books: According to well-known history, the Chinese were so set on turning inwards at this point, they actually destroyed most of their own records regarding their globetrotting sea voyages from this period, just so no one else would be tempted to make such trips again; according to Menzies, he has slowly been putting the pieces back together through shreds of evidence in 143 countries, stone markers and rescued scrolls and the like, revealing that the Ming Dynasty’s own period of global seafaring was actually much larger than any of us have ever realized, a systematic series of successes that would’ve virtually guaranteed China’s eventual world domination, if they had simply stuck with it instead of embarking on a four-hundred-year period of profound isolationism like they actually did.

The Year Bavin Discovered the World China has been for the West, a mystery. Based on years of research, this marvellous history argues that a Chinese fleet, official ambassadors of the emperor, arrived in Tuscany inwhere they met with Pope Eugenius IV in Florence.

Thanks all for your comments. In reality, what academics did was minutely examine Menzies’ claims and demonstrate that the Chinese circumnavigation of the globe never happened. Well, okay, so not everyone completely agrees with this theory; but it’s the surprisingly strong one being espoused in the books