Shelves: history I picked this up as a bargain bin find, and I still got ripped off. 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. The evidence is not examined at great lengths, and a lot of his research depends on the British Library System; the author does not examine Chinese sources except through third-hand accounts that come in through his website. This is another problem; the author will state how he has found such-and-such evidence, but then he will tell the reader to refer to his website in order to view it.
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Menzies claims that the knowledge of the winds, currents, and sea conditions that he gained on this voyage was essential to reconstructing the Chinese voyage that he discusses in his first book. This collision punched a hole in Endurance but did not damage Rorqual. Menzies noticed that they kept encountering the year and, concluding that it must have been an extraordinary year in world history, decided to write a book about everything that happened in the world in Menzies spent years working on the book and, by the time it was finished, it was a massive volume spanning 1, pages.
Menzies agreed to rewrite it, but admitted that he was "not a natural writer" and requested Bonomi to rewrite the first three chapters for him.
Menzies hired a room at the Royal Geographical Society , which convinced The Daily Telegraph to publish an article about his speculations. Publishers immediately began courting Menzies for the publishing rights to his book. Bantam Press stated that the book possessed enormous marketing potential, but considered it to be poorly written and sloppily presented. The authors relied entirely on Menzies for factual information and never brought in any fact checkers or reputable historians to make sure that the information in the book was accurate.
After the rewriting process was complete, the book was at a publishable length of pages. Many of these extrapolations draw on his personal nautical background without supporting evidence. He conjectures that when the Yongle Emperor died in and the new Hongxi Emperor forbade further expeditions, the mandarins hid or destroyed the records of previous exploration to discourage further voyages. Criticism Mainstream Sinologists and professional historians have universally rejected and the alternative history of Chinese exploration described in it as pseudohistory.
The fundamental assumption of the book—that the Yongle Emperor dispatched the Ming fleets because he had a "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 The reasoning of is inexorably circular, its evidence spurious, its research derisory, its borrowings unacknowledged, its citations slipshod, and its assertions preposterous I want to see more proof.
But at least Menzies has started something, and people could find more evidence. Not a single document or artifact has been found to support his new claims on the supposed Ming naval expeditions beyond Africa Fritze calls the "almost cult-like" manner in which Menzies continues to drum up support for his hypothesis.
In it Menzies claims that in Chinese delegations reached Italy and brought books and globes that, to a great extent, launched the Renaissance.
He claims that a letter written in by Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli and found amongst the private papers of Columbus indicates that an earlier Chinese ambassador had direct correspondence with Pope Eugene IV in Rome. Menzies then claims that materials from the Chinese Book of Agriculture, the Nong Shu , published in by the Yuan-dynasty scholar-official Wang Zhen fl.
He says two things are almost identical when they are not. 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. Furthermore, Regiomontanus could rely on practices with remainder tables from the abacus tradition.
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Videos In , Gavin Menzies offers a stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence on the European Renaissance, tracing its roots to China In this provocative, highly readable history, Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that China provided the spark that set the Renaissance ablaze. Based on years of research, this marvellous history argues that a Chinese fleet, official ambassadors of the emperor, arrived in Tuscany in , where they met with Pope Eugenius IV in Florence. The delegation presented the pope with a wealth of knowledge, from a diverse range of fields: geography including world maps that the author believes were passed on to Christopher Columbus , astronomy, mathematics, art, printing, architecture, steel manufacturing, civil engineering, military weaponry, surveying, cartography, genetics, and more. From onward, Europeans embraced Chinese intellectual ideas, discoveries, and inventions — all which have formed the basis of European civilisation just as much as Greek philosophy and Roman law. Erudite and brilliantly reasoned, is sure to make headlines and change the way we see ourselves, our history, and our world.
Review: 1434, by Gavin Menzies
China is thrilled with the public relations triumph of the Beijing Olympics, and not remotely embarrassed by revelations of computer-assisted fireworks and other trickery. That is the way the Chinese brand management works — and how it will work in the future. Closer to home, China is enjoying another PR success. Every bookshop in Britain is presenting a book called by Gavin Menzies as a major history title. Its subtitle is: "The year a magnificent Chinese fleet sailed to Italy and ignited the Renaissance. That is because, to put it bluntly, a magnificent Chinese fleet did not sail to Italy in — or, if it did, not a single eyewitness recorded this amazing event.