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For all the tea in China : how England stole the world's favorite drink and changed history

Author: Sarah Rose
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rose's remarkable account follows the journey of Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, who was deployed by the British East India Company to steal China's tea secrets in 1848. This thrilling narrative combines history, geography, and old-fashioned adventure.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Robert Fortune; Robert Fortune; Robert Fortune
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Rose
ISBN: 9780670021529 0670021520
OCLC Number: 430052042
Notes: Originally published: London : Hutchinson, 2009, with title For all the tea in China : espionage, empire, and the secret formula for the world's favourite drink.
Description: x, 261 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Min River, China, 1845 --
East India House, City of London, January 12, 1848 --
Chelsea Physic Garden, May 7, 1848 --
Shanghai to Hangzhou, September 1848 --
Zhejiang Province near Hangzhou, October 1848 --
A green tea factory, Yangtze River, October 1848 --
House of Wang, Anhui Province, November 1848 --
Shanghai at the Lunar New Year, January 1849 --
Calcutta Botanic Garden, March 1849 --
Saharanpur, North-West Provinces, June 1849 --
Ningbo to Bohea, the Great Tea Road, May and June 1849 --
Bohea, July 1849 --
Pucheng, September 1849 --
Shanghai, Autumn 1849 --
Shanghai, February 1851 --
Himalayan Mountains, May 1851 --
Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield Lock, 1852 --
Tea for the Victorians --
Fortune's story.
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Rose's remarkable account follows the journey of Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, who was deployed by the British East India Company to steal China's tea secrets in 1848. This thrilling narrative combines history, geography, and old-fashioned adventure.

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Good Read - plus gentle introduction to China

by jimrothstein (WorldCat user published 2010-09-01) Very Good Permalink


In 1839, the local Chinese government in Guangzhou (Canton) seized opium and destroyed it.  The consequences - Opium Wars, foreign treaty ports, the eventual fall of a dynasty - are in some ways still being played out, for example...
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Corporate Espionage and Theft ~ All for a Good Cuppa!

by michele.leininger (WorldCat user published 2010-08-16) Excellent Permalink

Well, not just for a good cup of tea; more to keep and expand Britain's world supremecy in the nineteenth century.  Sarah Rose's exploration into the transplanting of tea from China to India is filled with a wide variety of topics, as well as unforseen outcomes.  The book covers topics from...
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