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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Combine this, then, with Menzies’ tech-savvy prose concerning the problems of map-drawing and chart-creating in that period, which is why certain documents from that period need to be widened or narrowed in Photoshop before they’ll actually line up with real coastlines; it’s just one of the dozens of little issues and problems with all this old evidence, he argues, that prevented it from being all added together by anyone else before now.

I would be surprised to find that no historian has ever had the skill set to learn maritime charts and understand how to read them heck, Theodore Roosevelt when only an undergraduate student at Harvard, researched and wrote a book of naval strategy — “The Naval War of “–that became a classic and a text book used by both the US and British navies for decades after it was published. Mar 25, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: It inspired me, at least to think that when there’s a will, there’s a way, especially when I get stuck in finishing one of my writing work.

He provides fascinating descriptions of medieval China, which made me wish the grade school history classes I took didn’t focus solely on Europe and European America. In about he had returned to Cairo, met a messenger from the King of Portugal, and sent back a detailed account and a map of all the places he had visited, and all the other information he had gleaned along the way.


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

First, he referred to huge waves encountered at sea and proposed they might have been tsunamis. Is carbon dating really all that accurate? Retrieved from ” https: Ultimately, Menaies feel he rushed to judgment.

Starting with that sparse introduction, Menzies proceeds to gather bits and pieces of evidence stretching from China itself to the Indian subcontinent, from the Congo to Patagonia and beyond, and levies the evidence to tell a tale of the massive Chinese fleet charting the New World the greater part of a century before Columbus set sail in The flotilla of ships splits up into many, many routes, and basically not only returns some of the envoys, but carries on to discover almost the entire world, from Antarctica to Greenland, both coasts of Africa and South America, North America, the Azores, Caper Verde, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.

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The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies

It is also possible that the numerous landfall sites located along the Pacific coasts of North and South America represent Menzids maritime activity across the Pacific Ocean, though some may not stand up to detailed archaeological scrutiny. I really wanted to like this gvin. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Rowan Gavin Paton Menzies born 14 August [1] is a British author and retired submarine lieutenant-commander who has written books promoting claims that the Chinese sailed to America before Columbus.

Since only Chinese ships possessed the latter, it is generally assumed that Conti menzids described Chinese vessels, evidently without knowing their origins. To establish the relevance of Conti, Menzies splices into one quotation a passage from Poggio and another from Pero Tafur c. His White Whale is Eurocentric historiography, which celebrates Columbus a thief and fraud, pp. The problem is these subjective claims for the most part are not adequately substantiated with hard evidence.


Strangely, he includes an 14421 explaining how the Chinese measured longitude, which is almost exactly the same word for word as his description of how the Chinese measured longitude found in Chapter 15, making it completely extraneous.

I gave it one star for the few things I actually found interesting, but given the I really wanted to like this book. In the end he hints that they might have He also appropriates a quotation from a Chinese novel discussed by J. Historians have rejected Menzies’ theories and assertions [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] and have categorised his work as pseudohistory.

His prose and the speculative nature of his historic recounting composes the special appeal of his books. Read Foucault’s Pendulum, which features the same sort of wild connect-the-dots game and also has going for it that it is fiction.

Columbus wasn’t even the first non-Scandinavian European to visit America! I just think the evidence just is not compelling menziew. Presentation by Menzies on I’ve long been intrigued with China and gvin history, and I think I wanted to believe that history as we have been taught might not be true.

I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book, if only because it made me so angry at the gross inaccuracies and completely imaginary scenarios that the author made up.

It’s a kind of re-writing world history that attempted to tell us that Magellan, Colombus and other Western discoverers were only followers of a path built by Chinese sailors under the command of Zheng-He or Cheng-Ho, his popular name in Indonesia on Emperor Zhu-Di era. According to Menzies, proof of the passage of the Ming fleets to the Menziees, Australia, New Zealand, and Polynesia is overwhelming and indisputable.

What a story this is!