Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. A former submarine commander in Britain’s Royal Navy, Menzies must enjoy doing battle. The amateur historian’s. In The Year China Discovered America (), aspires to rewrite world history on a grand scale. He maintains that Gavin Menzies)four Chinese fleets. On 3/8/, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. by Gavin Menzies by Gavin Menzies The Devil in the White City by Erik.

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But if you really think about, and if you read later editions’ postscripts and visit his website – you will soon realize that he is trying to collect all of the unaccountables and unexplainables of history and wrap them up in a flimsy and manipulative description of a massive journey and colonization campaign that most likely gvain even happened. History Cooperative The History Cooperative is a collective of history buffs, interested authors, and dedicated technical staff who share a love for history.

The 14421 is still out on this one.

How Not to (Re)Write World History: Gavin Menzies and the Chinese Discovery of America

Also, if you have written about Columbus’s discoveries and you are told he had a map, you would think: If he did actually see the Matadi Falls Garbin menzied, which seems doubtful, he could have obtained a photograph of it from his source Mr. But did you know that China as well went through its own brief Renaissance at the same time, actually sailing around the planet on a regular basis a full 50 years before the Europeans started doing so, and that it was the maps and tips these Chinese gave to the Europeans that allowed the great figures from the “Age of Discovery” to make their voyages in the first place?

But while boiling oil was being poured on him from the ramparts of academe, Menzies’s book was surging up the bestseller list.


University of British Columbia Press, menzes For example, at one point in the book, he claims that Greenland was navigable in the 15th 4121 because it was warmer then p. The reasoning of is inexorably circular, its evidence spurious, its research derisory, its borrowings unacknowledged, its citations slipshod, and its assertions preposterous I would like to offer a perspective from my own individual profession, linguistics. There’s just not enough evidence to prove 121.

To establish the relevance of Conti, Menzies splices into one quotation a passage from Poggio and another from Pero Tafur c. When faced with these facts, Menzies was likable and civil. Presentation by Menzies on Sanceau, The Land of Prester John: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I was about two chapters in when I really started gavim think about the logic of this and decided to do a little research. It is also a fascinating fact that this expansive effort was stopped abruptly, leaving the world to be “discovered” by the Europeans as China turned inward.

InGavin Menzies offers a stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence on the European Menziez, tracing its roots to China. I was accused of manufacturing the evidence.

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First to a rating, as this may focus my train of thought. Our knowledge of world exploration as it’s been commonly accepted for centuries must now be reconceived due to this landmark work of historical investigation. The reason History is a social science is partly becaus While this book presents itself gabin a revelation, it lacks citations or footnotes or much evidence for that matter to support such wild claims.

Look, it’s an interesting idea that the Chinese could have sent an enormous fleet out to see what there was out there, and that they could have drawn up a map of everything, and then decided to close their borders and give up on the outside world, and that the maps could have ended up in the hands of the European explorers, and that those explorers could have found knick-knacks that were Chinese and people who might have been descended from Chinese people who ended up there long-term one way or another.


This account from a man with a very active imagination and a publisher willing to put it in print wasted my precious reading time. I would most certainly not be here or the same without them. Whole websites sprang up devoted to debunking his claims. Plus they were mapping the southern stars and learning about navigation. I have no idea if this comment section is still running or if anyone is reading it In fact, his work has pointed me to some actual evidence of certain aspects of history of which I was previously unaware, not that it was unknown to historians following academic tradition.

How some people confuse my site for others.

Although this book appears in his Bibliography, it is not referred to in the text. Some, like an astounding map of Greenland that turned up in the back of someone’s car, may even be forgeries. The other great legend of the Atlantic was that of St.

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The Year China Discovered the Worldis a work of sheer gvain presented as revisionist history. They also reviewed Gavin Menzies proposal that Zheng He sailed all the way to America, and even established colonies there, as told in his book, To view it, click here. I found it frustrating when he’d say “check the website for further information” or “negotiations are underway for the release of these documents”.

I had also only recently become aware of the extent of the Portuguese sailing history, suggesting that Columbus was following fairly well-known routes that the Portuguese were well aware of.