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    1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance (Hardback) By (author) Gavin Menzies

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    DescriptionThe "New York Times" bestselling author of "1421" offers another stunning reappraisal of history, presenting compelling new evidence that traces the roots of the European Renaissance to Chinese exploration in the fifteenth century 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 intellectual ideas, discoveries, and inventions, all of which form the basis of western civilization today. Florence and Venice of the early fifteenth century were hubs of world trade, attracting traders from across the globe. Based on years of research, this marvelous history argues that a Chinese fleet--official ambassadors of the emperor--arrived in Tuscany in 1434, where they were received by Pope Eugenius IV in Florence. The delegation presented the influential pope with a wealth of Chinese learning from a diverse range of fields: art, geography (including world maps that were passed on to Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan), astronomy, mathematics, printing, architecture, steel manufacturing, military weaponry, and more. This vast treasure trove of knowledge spread across Europe, igniting the legendary inventiveness of the Renaissance, including the work of such geniuses as da Vinci, Copernicus, Galileo, and more. In "1434," Gavin Menzies combines this long-overdue historical reexamination with the excitement of an investigative adventure. He brings 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.


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    Title
    1434
    Subtitle
    The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gavin Menzies
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061492174
    ISBN 10: 0061492175
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC, 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43, 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 430
    B&T Approval Code: A19200000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/15CNTY
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS038000
    DC22: 945.05
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037020
    DC21: 945.05
    B&T Approval Code: A14203005
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 945/.05
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: G322 .M46 2008
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    William Morrow & Company
    Imprint name
    William Morrow & Company
    Publication date
    03 June 2008