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Empire of tea : the Asian leaf that conquered the world

Author: Markman Ellis; Richard Coulton; Matthew Mauger
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, [2018] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This impressively detailed book offers a rich cultural history of tea, from its ancient origins in China to its adoption around the world. From the everyday use of tea in social settings to the political and economic controversies it has stirred, such as the Boston Tea Party and the First Opium War, Empire of tea offers a multilayered look at what was ultimately an imperial industry"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Markman Ellis; Richard Coulton; Matthew Mauger
ISBN: 9781780238982 1780238983 9781780234403 1780234406
OCLC Number: 1004762985
Description: 326 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Early European encounters with tea --
Establishing the taste for tea in Britain --
The tea trade with China --
The elevation of tea --
The natural philosophy of tea --
The market for tea in Britian --
The British way of tea --
Smuggling and taxation --
The democratization of tea drinking --
Tea in the politics of empire --
The national drink of Victorian Britain --
Twentieth-century tea --
Epilogue: global tea.
Responsibility: Markman Ellis, Richard Coulton, Matthew Mauger.

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Based on extensive original research, and now available in paperback, Empire of Tea provides a rich cultural history that explores how the British `way of tea' became the norm across the Anglophone  Read more...

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