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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gavin Menzies
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Gavin Menzies presents astonishing new evidence that it was Chinese advances in science, art, and technology that set the European Renaissance ablaze.

    In 1434, a large Chinese fleet arrived in Tuscany. Official ambassadors of the Chinese Emperor met with Pope Eugenius IV and shared a wealth of Chinese knowledge, including world maps (which were later given to Columbus), astronomy, mathematics, art, printing, architecture, civil engineering, military machines, surveying cartography, and genetics. This gift of knowledge sparked the inventiveness of the Renaissance - Da Vinci's inventions, the Copernican revolution, Galileo's discoveries, and much more.

    George says: "Interesting but its very bad history"
    "A must read to understand China today!"
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    I first read 1421 a few years after I visited China. In Xian, I got my first clue that history as taught in the US schools was one sided. 1421 confirmed that observation. 1434 takes it to a different level. The approach that the Chinese took to world politics in 1421 to 1434 can be seen in what they are doing today. Even in the 1400s China view intellectual property as a weapon for diplomacy. Read this book and think about what is happening today in the world markets. And when you get to the end, think about the recent tsunami in Japan and imagine what it must have been like in 1434!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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