In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman and Jonathan Spence, former veteran National Geographic staff writer Louise Levathes delivers a vivid, you-are-there. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne Louise Levathes, Author Simon & Schuster $23 (p) ISBN. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, – By Louise Levathes. New York: Simon and Schuster, pp. $
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More summaries and resources for teaching or studying When China Ruled the Seas: Reviews “Levathes tells her story in a lively style, and details her sources meticulously.
This study guide contains hte following sections: Her goal, quite obviously, was to encompass the thousand year history of China’s dominance on the high seas into one tome. The first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty was Zhu Yuanzhang who was greatly influenced by the teachings of Confucius who strongly opposed China’s entering into trade relations with foreign countries.
Chapter 10, The Last Voyage. When China Ruled the Seas The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, Louise Levathes Drawing on eye-witness accounts, official Ming histories, and African, Arab, and Indian sources, Levathes offers a stunning portrait of the rise and fall of China’s great navy–one hundred years before Columbus–boasting the largest wooden boats ever built, technically superior vessels that predated European ships by centuries.
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Chapter 1, The Yi Peoples. Go directly to our online catalogue. With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Beautifully illustrated and engagingly written, When China Ruled the Seas is the fullest picture yet of the early Ming Dynasty–the last flowering of Chinese culture before the Manchu invasions.
For thirty years foreign goods, medicines, geographic knowledge, and cultural insights flowed into China at an extraordinary rate, and China extended its sphere of political power and influence throughout the Indian Ocean. The Ming Dynasty began in the late-fourteenth century. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying When China Ruled the Seas: As evidenced by the material, Levathes has written with the detached manner and style of a teacher.
In When China Ruled the SeasLouise Levathes takes a fascinating and esas look at this dynamic period in China’s enigmatic history, focusing on the country’s rise as a naval power that briefly brought half the world under its nominal authority.
No person better than Levathes could have She sheds new light on the historical and cultural context in which this great navy thrived, as well as the perception of other cultures toward this little understood empire at the time.
She sheds new light on the historical and cultural context in which this great civilization thrived, as well as the perception of other cultures toward this little understood empire at the time.
When China Ruled the Seas Embed. Choose your country or region Close. Half the world was in China’s grasp, and the rest could easily have been, had the emperor so wished. She lives in Washington, D. In she was a visiting scholar at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and With seaa ships–some measuring as much as tge long and feet wide, with upwards of nine masts and twelve sails, and combined crews sometimes numbering over 28, men–the emperor Zhu Di’s fantastic fleet was a virtual floating city, a naval expression of his Forbidden City in Beijing.
While giving lip-service to his father’s orders against trading with foreign nations, Zhu Di could not deny the potentially positive economics that strong trade relationships with other countries could bring to China. She sheds new light on the historical and cultural context in which this great civilization thrived, as well as the perception of other cultures toward this little understood empire at the time. The largest wooden boats ever built, these extraordinary ships were the most technically superior vessels in the world with innovations such as balanced rudders and bulwarked compartments that predated European ships by centuries.
Immerman and Petra Goedde. Not only did Zhu Di establish close trade relations with foreign countries, the warships of the fleet were mighty and able to control pirates, settle internal conflicts in foreign nations and keep the Levathew of Northern China at bay.
She lives in Washington, D. It was a time of exploration and expansion, but it ended in a retrenchment so complete that less than chinna century later, it was a crime to go to sea in a multimasted ship. Zhu Di enjoyed a lengthy reign and the treasure fleet ruled the seas during most of it.
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Further, they felt that trading with other countries would be an admission that China was not self-sufficient and needed items from other countries in order to survive. A hundred years before Columbus and his fellow Europeans began making their way to the New World, fleets of giant Chinese junks commanded by the eunuch admiral Zheng He and filled with the empire’s finest porcelains, lacquerware, and silk ventured to the edge of the world’s “four corners.
When China Ruled the Seas: Beautifully illustrated and engagingly written, When China Ruled the Seas is the fullest picture yet of the early Ming Dynasty and its extraordinary navy. US Higher Education Not for profit.
He saw to it that the fleet always cihna a supply of Chinese brass rulers, scales and other measuring devices as well as books on Confucianism and Buddhism to distribute in foreign lands. The fact that the Chinese were able to construct sailing vessels that could withstand rough ocean waters so many centuries ago is a testament to their skills in design and building.
It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. But instead, China cbina inward, as suceeding emperors forbade overseas travel and stopped all building and repair of oceangoing junks. Read more from the Study Guide. Chapter 9, Fires in the Forbidden City.