1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance

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See our disclaimer. Now he presents further astonishing evidence that it was also Chinese advances in science art and technology that formed the basis of the European Renaissance and our modern world. But his research has led him to astonishing new discoveries that Chinese influence on Western culture didn't stop there.

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Until now scholars have considered that the Italian Renaissance - the basis of our modern Western world - came about as a result of a re-examining the ideas of classical Greece and Rome. A stunning reappraisal of history is about to be published. Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that a sophisticated Chinese delegation visited Italy in sparked the Renaissance and forever changed the course of Western civilization.

After that date the authority of Aristotle and Ptolemy was overturned and artistic conventions challenged as was Arabic astronomy and cartography.

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Florence and Venice of the 15th century attracted traders from across the world. Menzies presents astonishing evidence that a large Chinese fleet official ambassadors of the Emperor arrived in Tuscany in where they met with Pope Eugenius IV in Florence. A mass of information was given by the Chinese delegation to the Pope and his entourage - concerning world maps which Menzies argues were later given to Columbus astronomy mathematics art printing architecture steel manufacture civil engineering military machines surveying cartography genetics and more. It was this gift of knowledge that sparked the inventiveness of the Renaissance - Da Vinci's inventions the Copernican revolution Galileo etc.

Following Europeans embraced Chinese intellectual ideas discoveries and inventions which formed the basis of European civilization just as much as Greek thought and Roman law. In short China provided the spark that set the Renaissance ablaze. Specifications Publisher HarperTorch. Customer Reviews.

General Discussion - China started the Renaissance? Gavin Menzies says so!

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Average rating: 1 out of 5 stars, based on reviews. At least, Menzies promoted the achievements of the Chinese medieval fleet and Zheng He around the world. The commercial success of that venture led the author and his publisher HarperCollins to produce this titanic shipwreck. Given the equally flawed sequel Superfreakonimcs, HarperCollins has massive quality control issues bordering on intellectual prostitution.

Gavin Menzies' second book is dishonest, shoddy and lazy beyond repair. The level of ignorance is stunning and hits you machine-gun style: "In the s, Europeans had no unified calendar, for they had not yet agreed how to measure time. The Gregorian calendar did not come into use until a century later. Obviously, the editors and account managers at HarperCollins haven't either or were blinded by those shiny, shiny coins. This is history's equivalent to Creationism. It is only fitting that HarperCollins is also the publisher of Sarah Palin's Going Rogue, going rogue on facts and reality.

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From that date onward, Europeans embraced Chinese intellectual ideas, discoveries, and inventions, all of which form the basis of western civilization today. Read more Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world.

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Europe -- Civilization -- Chinese influences. Civilization -- Chinese influences. User lists with this item 3 Latianna 21 items by latianna updated Linked Data More info about Linked Data. All rights reserved. Remember me on this computer. Cancel Forgot your password? Gavin Menzies. Print book : English : First edition View all editions and formats. Discoveries in geography -- Chinese. View all subjects.