Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada / Edition 1

Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada / Edition 1

by James P. Delgado
     
 

In 1279, near what is now Hong Kong, the Mongol ruler Khubilai Khan fulfilled the dream of his grandfather, Genghis Khan, by conquering China. The Grand Khan now ruled the largest empire the world has ever seen, stretching from the China Sea to the plains of Hungary. He also inherited the world's largest navy-more than seven hundred ships. Yet within fifteen years,

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In 1279, near what is now Hong Kong, the Mongol ruler Khubilai Khan fulfilled the dream of his grandfather, Genghis Khan, by conquering China. The Grand Khan now ruled the largest empire the world has ever seen, stretching from the China Sea to the plains of Hungary. He also inherited the world's largest navy-more than seven hundred ships. Yet within fifteen years, Khubilai Khan's massive fleet was gone. What actually happened to the Mongol navy, considered for seven centuries to be little more than legend, has finally been revealed. The renowned archaeologist and historian James P. Delgado has gone diving with a Japanese team that was studying the remains of the Khan's lost fleet. Drawing from diverse sources-sunken ships, hand-painted scrolls, drowned bodies, and historical and literary records-in this gripping account that moves deftly between the present and the past, Delgado pieces together the fascinating tale of Khubilai Khan's maritime forays and unravels one of history's greatest mysteries: What sank the great Mongol fleet?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520265851
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/23/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
468,489
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Timeline of Chinese, Japanese and Korean Dynasties and Periods vi

Maps viii

Introduction 1

Prologue: A Divine Wind 8

1 Hakozaki 14

2 Asian Mariners 23

3 Enter the Mongols 35

4 Khubilai Khan 47

5 The Song 61

6 Tsukushi 75

7 The Bun'ei War 87

8 The Mongols Return 99

9 Kamikaze 112

10 Takashima 126

11 Broken Ship 140

12 Distant Seas, Distant Fields 154

Epilogue: The Legacy of Khubilai Khan's Navy 168

Acknowledgements 179

Sources 185

Notes 196

Index 217

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