Re: THE MING VOYAGES - BBC Radio 4 In Our Time
- From: Eugene Griessel <eugene@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:18:58 +0200
On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:13:16 -0400, rwalker <rwalker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:19:13 -0700 (PDT), KDR
These seven voyages were an expression of the might of the Ming
Dynasty; but they were regarded by some Chinese courtiers as a
wasteful extravagance, and after internal disputes they came to an end
in 1433. These extraordinary journeys live on in the imagination and
the historical record - and had a profound effect on China's
relationship with the rest of the world.
Sounds much like what has happened to the U.S. space program.
They did manage to leave much litter scattered about various planetary
bodies - something hte Chinese seemed to have failed to achieve.
Eugene L Griessel
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.