The really sad part of this whole debacle is that if everything had researched properly, with unquestionable evidence, with strong sources, this book might actually be rewriting history right now.
Maybe the fantasy stories are to blame; they raised me this way, to dream of the circumstantial. Scrappy possibilities, such as similarity in artwork, DNA, and artifacts are presented as unquestionable proof of Chinese influence in the Americas. When China Ruled the Seas: They knew exactly what was expected of them.
Their journey would last for over two years and take them around the globe but by the time they returned home, China was beginning its long, self-imposed isolation from the world it had so recently embraced. History is usually based on human events that have taken place. It goes without saying that Gavin Menzies' book has been quite controversial and disputed by many.
The Year China Discovered the World, is a work of sheer fiction presented as revisionist history. Criticism[ edit ] Mainstream Sinologists and professional historians have universally rejected and the alternative history of Chinese exploration described in it as pseudohistory.
These are tales that I believe deserve to be explored. The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, The Ming dynasty culture has so much offer — what if they had come to America. 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.
The ensuing enquiry found Menzies and one of his subordinates responsible for a combination of factors that led to the accident, including the absence of the coxswain who usually takes the helm in port who had been replaced by a less experienced crew member, and technical issues with the boat's telegraph.
He goes on to claim that Chinese sailors shipwrecked on the East Coast of the United States would have been able to communicate with locals, as these would have included Chinese who had walked over the Bering Strait.
Those events are written into books and passed down through people in stories. My fellow reviewers here have also offered some important critiques.
While the book does contain some compelling claims—for example, that the Chinese were able to calculate longitude long before Western explorers—drawn from Menzies's experiences at sea, his overall credibility is undermined by dubious research methods.
Jun 28, Christopher rated it did not like it From time to time, this reviewer comes across a publication so crackpot that I hardly know where to start in reviewing it here. Fritze calls the "almost cult-like" manner in which Menzies continues to drum up support for his hypothesis.
Unfortunately, this reckless manner of dealing with evidence is typical ofvitiating all its extraordinary claims: What if magic existed. Furthermore, Regiomontanus could rely on practices with remainder tables from the abacus tradition.
Of course growing up in your typical American education system, all of the glamorized folklore about pilgrims and Indians and the European discovery of America have been drilled into my head from the 1st grade. And with them, the knowledge that the Chinese had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan, reached America seventy years before Columbus, and Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook Not a single document or artifact has been found to support his new claims on the supposed Ming naval expeditions beyond Africa 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.
Gavin Menzies explores the history of China and the ambitious voyages of discovery lead by Jeng He.
The book focuses on the proposition of a new theory suggesting that Chinese mercenaries were able to travel as far as the Americas in the s, thus discovering America before Columbus.
The Year China Discovered the World Gavin Menzies Published by Bantam Press, London “ On the 8th of March,the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships, huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di’s loyal eunuch admirals.
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| The Year China Discovered. - the Year China Discovered the World. Whenever something we have been taught all our lives as being true is challenged, it is always met with some resistance and doubt. The fact that the article is called the Hypothesis suggests to me that it is directly related to the book entitled The year that China discovered the World and therefore all this information should be on that page.
Any "emerging historical theory" should be included on. Dec 03, · The Year China Discovered America On March 8,the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China.
The ships, huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals.An analysis of 1421 the year china discovered the world