Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty,

Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433 This new biography, part of Longman s World Biography series, of the Chinese explorer Zheng He sheds new light on one of the most important what if questions of early modern history why a technically advanced China did not follow the same path of development as the major European powers Written by China scholar Edward L Dreyer, Zheng He outlines what is known of the eunuch Zheng He s life and describes and analyzes the early th century voyages on the basis of the Chinese evidence Locating the voyages firmly within the context of early Ming history, itaddresses the political motives of Zheng He s voyages and how they affected China s exclusive attitude to the outside world in subsequent centuries


10 thoughts on “Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433

  1. Mark Mark says:

    In the early 15th century, the coastal states of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean were the subjects of a remarkable event, as they received repeated visitations by a large fleet of Chinese ships Dispatched by the order of the Ming emperor Yongle, they consisted of thousands of men on board the largest wooden ships ever built The expeditions were all commanded by Zheng He, a eunuch with a long


  2. Andrew Andrew says:

    The good is that the book has a lot of facts and the author is working from primary sources After reading the book it will be very clear why the dominant myth of Zheng He and his benevolent treasure ships doesn t hold up Dreyer lays out the chronology of all seven expeditions and gives a detailed itinerary of each stop on the journey These ships were loaded with fighting troops that enforced the e


  3. Alexander Hart Alexander Hart says:

    While the content is interesting, the layout is abysmal Author repeatedly repeats the same factual information and states that he will come back to a given event in later chapters This might have its place at some points, but it was overdone to such an extent that I felt the book could have shaved off 20 pages Might as well skip the intro, as the entirety of it is restated indetail chronologically


  4. Kate Kate says:

    I just couldn t get into it Probably my own faultthan the book s.


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