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Industrial Education Complex
on 21 April 2016
In a sense, this book's greatest contribution to historical research is not whether Gavin Menzies has definitively nailed the Minoan/Atlantis question, which he almost certainly hasn't, but rather it is the entertaining spectacle of Gavin Menzies disturbing the cosy vested interests of the Industrial Education Complex. Decent chaps that they all are, the overwhelming majority of historians are, one way or another, in the (monthly, and easily cancellable) pay of governments whose duty is to inspire and motivate its citizens. Time and time again, these same governments will spin and distort anything, including the work of their salaried historians, to produce what they believe is good for their current government. History is written by the victors. Alternative versions are also written by the losers!
Gavin Menzies may be right. Or he may not be. I agree with other reviewers that he definitely doesn't have sufficient evidence either way to be absolutely sure. But I don't feel the need to critique the minutiae of what he may, or may not, have gone some way to establishing. Common sense dictates that, as we're talking about 4,000 years ago, the evidence for anything is going to be thin, at best. I agree with other reviewers that the Lake Superior stuff is a heck of a stretch. But then so is the construction of the pyramids which historians generally wave through on the nod.
What I think is truly helpful about 'The Lost Empire of Atlantis' is that it has seriously ruffled the feathers of historians too scared to do what Gavin Menzies has done, which is to step outside of the dull fuzz of the Industrial Education Complex's Minoan nothingness, and to boldly go where no historian has gone before - to attempt to connect some seriously overdue disconnected dots. No, he is not a professional historian with his nose honorably buried in primary sources from pay check to pay check, but neither is he a charlatan. He is genuinely well intended and I anticipate that his work, even if it is ultimately proved to be very wrong, will accelerate the rate of learning and understanding of the Minoans and the mystery of Atlantis. 5 stars.