The Year A Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the RenaissanceBook - 2008
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.--From amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xvi, 368 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 24 cm