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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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. There is also evidence that the Chinese were well aware of many land masses throughout the South Pacific, but no evidence to support them landing and colonizing Australia or New Zealand.

But ultimately it is a futile book. And that he would because of this “coincidence” invite me to join him in presenting at a conference in China on 21st Century Learning? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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

Agvin, those are mostly my own stumbling blocks. The website has been invaluable in providing new information pertinent to Gavin and the team’s research, as well as a means of refining the hypotheses by corrections and amendments that we receive from visitors to the site.

It was Siskind who said, “We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. Jun 19, Aaron rated it did not like it. 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.

But it certainly is interesting.

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On a much smaller note, the images that are in the book as well as some of Menzies’ physical evidence are suspiciously inexact. The source is not stated, but it may be one of the many Arab historians, possibly Abu Zaid, c. But Menzies has academic supporters, too, especially in China and America. Life is short and time is a scarce resource. The author starts off with his assumption that the famous European explorers used European maps that were copied menzeis old Chinese maps because they showed yet uncharted land.


Of gavun author’s version of things at least. 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. He has this to say 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.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, professor of history at the University of London, dismissed his book, The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

Plus whenever this guy sees a map that doesn’t help his story, he comes up with some excuse, including gems such as “they must have seen an iceberg and thought it was an island” or “they must have traveled by these menziex at night and accidentally thought they were a continent”.

To date, has been the subject of eight television documentaries. Plus they were mapping the southern stars and learning about navigation.

The Asian Review of Books. This atlas is also known as the Mongol Atlas If I rated on how the book deals with presenting evidence in a s This is a difficult book to rate, let alone review. Khalid makes a couple of points regarding potential holes in the theory. He makes compelling if not always perfect arguments. Whole websites sprang up devoted to debunking his claims. Menzies continues this practice in the paperback edition of his book.

Most strikingly, he makes his own meenzies for evidence of the Ming fleets the narrative framework for recounting their achievements.

I found myself wondering throughout this book, how the hell this guy made the conclusions he did. Historians have rejected Menzies’ theories and assertions [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] and have categorised his work as pseudohistory. In a manner of speaking, the author sails the ships of Zheng He through that supposed evidentiary void. Book navigation al-Hakim bi Amr Allah: He misrepresents the scholarship of others, and 11421 frequently fails to cite those from whom he borrows.

The Year China Discovered the Worldis a work of sheer fiction presented as revisionist history. You may find many discussion and critics about the book when you surf on internet. From tohowever, the average duration of a voyage from Manila to Acapulco by Spanish galleons was close to six months, with four months for that leg of the round-trip journey alone being regarded as a rapid crossing William Lytle Schurtz, The Manila Galleon [New York: Strangely, he includes an appendix 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 menziee.


So why isn’t this data cited?

I found it frustrating when he’d say “check the website for gavvin information” or “negotiations are underway for the release of these documents”. Especially with a theory like this one that would literally turn history on its head.

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

But if you’re going to tell me, Uncle Gavin, that the Chinese took out 40 or 50 ships which were wrecked in various places and stayed and lived there, you’re going to have to come up with some physical evidence. The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissanceboth of mnzies by a retired British naval commander named Gavin Menzies, a hobbyist 11421 who just happened to start stumbling across memzies and more evidence during his studies to 142 the theory mentioned above.

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. That being said, I gave Menzies the benefit of the doubt. He became fascinated by Chinese navigation on a silver wedding trip to Beijing, where he first heard about Zheng He. Basically, no one disputes that the Chinese had this enormous fleet that set sail in and went across the Indian Ocean to the east coast of Africa.

I’ve decided to shelf this one at chapter 4, page and gvain withholding a rating in fairness. It is also possible that the numerous landfall sites located along the Pacific coasts of North and South America represent Chinese maritime activity across the Pacific Ocean, though some may not stand up to detailed archaeological scrutiny.