When China ruled the waves

Monday evenings now find me on a new course at London’s City Lit college. The course of six evening lectures by Dr Kevin Manton is entitled “China: Re-emergecne Of A Superpower”. The first lecture last week was on “The Ming dynasty and changes in East Asia”.

In global terms, the most outstanding feature of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) the voyages ordered by the Emperor Yongle and led by the eunuch admiral Zheng-He. Between 1405-1433, a total of seven voyages were made with huge ships that travelled to South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa.

You can learn more about the voyages of Zheng-He here.


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