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.

Author: Medal Kajitaxe
Country: Japan
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Medical
Published (Last): 27 April 2010
Pages: 235
PDF File Size: 20.53 Mb
ePub File Size: 17.12 Mb
ISBN: 231-5-58566-533-3
Downloads: 56801
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Faekasa

Ina large Chinese fleet set sail and discovered the world.

Did the Chinese beat Columbus to America?

The New York Times. This to me is Menzies’ largest theoretical hole, large enough to sail a treasure ship through. Some pages later he will return to that assumption, and add a further layer of speculation, restating it as likely. The second, however, is cited to an 19th-century bit of scholarship evidentally done without appropriate field methods.

Resources for using Google Adsense with Drupal. There’s just not enough evidence to prove otherwise. I would have preferred a far more limited work of honest speculation.

The reasoning of is inexorably circular, its evidence spurious, its research derisory, its borrowings unacknowledged, its citations slipshod, and its assertions preposterous. Menzies just rolls out a long list of vague assertions with really no proof other than his own belief which I don’t doubtand acts as if a long list of vague assertions has more validity together than they would separately.

Most records of their journeys were destroyed. Some of the declarations are fairly easy to believe, such as the notion that the Chinese were well aware of the location of Australia.

Critical acclaim was anything but what I found. This is the idea held by historians — the horse is not indigenous to the Americas, and it wasn’t until the Europeans brought the horse that the species found its way to the new world.

This collision punched a hole in Endurance but did not damage Rorqual. In a manner of speaking, the author sails the ships of Zheng He through that supposed evidentiary void.


To view it, click here.

He menzied European explorers for committing genocide, claiming that continued Chinese expansion would have led instead to a world of peace and Confucian harmony. After about pages into it, I started noticing he wasn’t mwnzies as many citations as he should be.

University of Chicago Press, About Khalid Khalid Baheyeldin: From time to time, this reviewer comes across a publication so crackpot that I hardly know where to start in reviewing it here. He also makes excuses for the Chinese for basic mistakes, “the land was connected by ice, so they figured mennzies was the same island” or “they could have passed by this at night so they might not have seen this”.

I suspect these are not shown because of the utter dearth of testable data or clear evidence supporting his theories. As I read, though, red flags continued to pop up. It is unfortunate that his claims are presented so sloppily and amateurishly that they invite such damning criticism. The wood samples were in such poor condition it was impossible to tell, so Gavn is now faced with raising money for a complete excavation.

He follows a pattern. The orthodox eurocentric view, that the great European voyages of exploration menziea the end of the fifteenth century initiated the Age of Discovery, has been challenged in a book by Gavin Menzies entitled The Untold Story of the Peopling of the Americas I am not some ivory tower type either, who gets all wound up because sources are vague, or a few of the facts might be slightly off.

Piling supposition upon supposition, Menzies never considers a question that he does not beg: In Menzies released a second book entitled From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A book review by John Wills mentions the PBS program, and how Menzies is cross-examined on camera, politely but firmly, and several times has to admit that he may be mistaken on a particular point. Refresh and try again.

Not the least convincing, and what a good deal of the book focuses on, are the maps that many of the “great” European explorers used that show the areas that they are setting out to discover. Menzies, being an ex-sailor himself, knows a lot about sailing and brings menzids voyage to life, an impressive feat given that we know virtually nothing about anyone who was on it.


Pseudoscience: Gavin Menzies: The Year China Discovered The World | The Baheyeldin Dynasty

He has this to gwvin about Antillia Satanazes, being much to the northseems to have disappeared with the detailed exploration of the North Atlantic and the search for a North-West Passage. A Spanish site called A Chinoise story lists some details from Spanish archives and sources.

I mean, turning all of western exploration on its head? There are dozens of websites that seem devoted to proving him wrong–although there are also dozens of websites devoted to proving the moon landing wrong, too, so gaviin doesn’t necessarily mean much.

| The Lost Empire of Atlantis | | | Chinese Exploration | Gavin Menzies

I can understand their lack of enthusiasm. Don’t get me wrong, it was an entertaining read, which is why it got 2 stars and not one. It is true and always refreshing to be reminded that “The more we know, the more we come to understand how little we know.

They were sent on a mission to trade with different countries and basically tell everyone how great China menzes. Some reviewers suggest that Menzies’s strength is that he links known facts that no one has had the wit to put together before and comes up with something worth debating.

The use of menzifs phrases, in my view changes this from a serious historical investigation to a game of join the dots.

What is of even more interest to me is the Minoan culture and the copper mines in Michigan. This atlas is also known as the Mongol Atlas So why has no one found these kinds of records?