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"History: Fiction or Science?" contains data and conclusions that arent anything short of revolutionary. The alternatives offered to classical history are stunning, unorthodox to the extent of being labelled heretical by virtually every scholar of history, and daring enough to be considered preposterous at first sight, although this impression never lasts longer than it takes one to read a few pages attentively.
In chapter I we are reminded of when the contemporary chronological scale was created and by whom, with the culprits named as the XVI-XVII century clergy that was in charge of all matters historical in that age. We also learn that the consensual model of history had prominent critics ever since its creation among them such names as Sir Isaac Newton and Jean Hardouin, chief librarian of Louis XIV, the Sun King of France.
The author dissects every historical age and analyses the data from every source imaginable Roman and Egyptian chronology take a good beating, and it goes rapidly downhill from there. Poggio Bracciolini and Petrarch take the blame for creating the legend of a mythical Classical age that never was.
The Biblical events are moved a lot closer to us historically, as well as geographically (the Biblical Jerusalem being identified with the mediaeval Constantinople, for instance). The New and the Old Testament swap their positions on the chronological scale, both exposed as referring to mediaeval events. Our perception of history changes dramatically even before were through with chapter I.
In chapters II, III and IV the author summons astronomy and statistics to provide proof for his theories, which the latter yield gladly and abundantly, and we discover that our amazement resource was by no means used up in the previous chapter. Apparently, there is some vary valid astronomical proof for the authors theories in the ancient Egyptian zodiacs, Ptolemys Almagest, and the Biblical Book of Revelation.
Chapters V and VI contain in-depth descriptions of the methods used by the author as well as the most meticulous rendition of the global chronological map with its numerous errors and glitches explained in a very level-headed manner one doesnt have to be a mathematician to understand, but a great deal of common sense is required for that purpose.
Finally, in chapter VII we learn more about Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and how the division between the two exists in our mind only (which is a hard concept to accept, even though we familiarize ourselves with it at the beginning of the book). If this isnt enough, the appendices contain all sorts of factual information to appease the sceptics as well as provide fresh New Chronology converts with deadly ammunition for keeping the critics well at bay.
Basically, this is the first successful attempt to finally transform history into a rocket science and a must read for everyone who isnt entirely indifferent to human history, and possibly also for those who are.
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Anatoly Formenko challenged the establishment with a fascinating idea about the problems of history, unfortunately, he presented some very weak arguments to prove his point. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wolde Hymanot
An enormous amount of research. I have been an avid reader of history since Jr. High (mid 1960's) and I know my way around the subject. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. CROSBY
Fomenko has done a really amazing thing here. Criticism of our current fairy-tale history from a mathematical perspective is something that rankles "historians" because they have... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kenneth McAlpine
As far as I read it is very interesting. I have no idea (not very much at least) of history, but I know a bit about science and this book is a scientific approach to history. Read morePublished 17 months ago by foreswearer
Regardless of your take of the materials, the presentation is tremendous!
After reading most of the first four volumes I am impressed by both the style and content. Read more
I chose the YouTube video about this book to show my college class on Ancient Humanities. The assignment was to write down the statements made in the video that do not stand up to... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by tigerwoman
This series is incredible and the first volume starts out as a tour de force. Using a combination of deductive methods (lunar coefficient and lunar eclipse date settling),... Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by euanthes
The only conspiracies here have to do with the number of insanely positive reviews. There are twenty(! Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Arch Stanton