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

ISBN-10: 0061492183
ISBN-13: 9780061492181
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Authors: Gavin Menzies
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Book details

List price: $18.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and ideals of classical Greece and Rome. But now bestselling historian Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that in the year 1434, China-then the world's most technologically advanced civilization-provided the spark that set the European Renaissance ablaze. From that date onward, Europeans embraced Chinese ideas, discoveries, and inventions, all of which form the basis of Western civilization today.The New York Times bestselling author of 1421 combines a long-overdue historical reexamination with the excitement of an investigative adventure, bringing the reader aboard the remarkable Chinese fleet as it sails from China to Cairo and Florence, and then back across the world. Erudite and brilliantly reasoned, 1434 will change the way we see ourselves, our history, and our world.

Gavin Menzies is the bestselling author of 1421: The Year China Discovered America , 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance , and The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed . His ideas have been profiled in the New York Times Magazine and the Wall Street Journal , and he has lectured at the Library of Congress, Royal Geographical Society, National Maritime Museum, and other prestigious venues. He served in the Royal Navy between 1953 and 1970. His knowledge of seafaring and navigation sparked his interest in the epic voyages of Chinese Admiral Zheng He. Menzies lives in London.

Introduction
Setting the Scene
A Last Voyage
The Emperor's Ambassador
The Fleets are Prepared for the Voyage to the Barbarians
Zheng He's Navigators' Calculation of Latitude and Longitude
Voyage to the Red Sea
Cairo and the Red Sea-Nile Canal
China Ignites the Renaissance
To the Venice of Niccolo da Conti
Paolo Toscanelli's Florence
Toscanelli Meets the Chinese Ambassador
Columbus's and Magellan's World Maps
The World Maps of Johannes Schoner, Martin Waldseemuller, and Admiral Zheng he
Toscanelli's New Astronomy
The Florentine Mathematicians Toscanelli, Nicholas of Cusa, and Regiomontanus
Leon Battista Alberti and Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci and Chinese Inventions
Leonardo, Di Giorgio, Taccola, and Alberti
Silk and Rice
Grand Canals China and Lombardy
Firearms and Steel
Printing
China's Contriblition to the Renaissance
China's Legacy
Tragedy on the High Seas Zheng he's Fleet Destroyed by a Tsunami
The Conquistadores' Inheritance our Lady of Victory
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Permissions
Photograph Credits
Index

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