When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne 1405-1433

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Simon & Schuster, 1994 - China - 252 pages
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In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman and Jonathan Spence, former veteran National Geographic staff writer Louise Levathes delivers a vivid, you-are-there account of the great age of Chinese maritime exploration. Levathes takes a fascinating look at China's rise as a naval power--and its plunge into isolation when a new emperor ascended the Dragon Throne.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

An in-depth look at how the voyages of the earlier Ming Ruler covered the Indian Ocean and reached the East Coast of Africa. Certainly not so sensationalist as "1421" and the following books on this ... Read full review

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User Review  - DoskoiPanda - LibraryThing

A very readable history book, focused on the impact of China's imperial fleet in Asia and abroad, but also telling the story of the Emperor's friendship with a Eunuch who had served him from childhood ... Read full review

Contents

Pronunciation Guide to Major Figures
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Chinese Dynasties
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Phantoms in Silk
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About the author (1994)

Louise Levathes was a staff writer for National Geographic for ten years and writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. In 1990, she was a visiting scholar at The Johns Hopkins Center for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University, Jiangsu, China. She lives
in Washington, D.C.

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