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Harvesting mountains : Fujian and the China tea trade, 1757-1937

Author: Robert Paul Gardella
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Few commodities have been as synonymous with any civilization as tea with China. Robert Gardella's book describes and analyzes the multi-faceted influence of tea production and the tea trade on Fujian, one of China's premier tea-growing regions, over the past two centuries. Based on extensive archival research, this study illuminates the economic, social, fiscal, and environmental ramifications of China's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Paul Gardella
ISBN: 0520084144 9780520084148
OCLC Number: 28375521
Description: xiv, 259 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Southeast China's Tea Trade and the Capitalist World Economy --
1. Tea Production and Export in Mid-Qing Fujian: Commercial Capitalism and the Exploitation of the Minbei Uplands --
2. Extensive Growth without Structural Change: The Tea Boom of 1842-1888 in Fujian and Taiwan --
3. Ramifications of the Tea Boom --
4. The Challenge of Colonial Capitalism: The Organizational and Technological Transformation of the Late-Nineteenth-Century World Tea Trade --
5. Reviving China's Tea Trade as a National Issue, 1890-1937 --
6. Recollections and Realities: Tea and Fujian's Economy, 1912-1937 --
Conclusion: A Provincial Trade in a Global Market, 1757-1937 --
Appendix: Variant Forms of Fujian, Taiwan, and Jiangxi Place Names.
Responsibility: Robert Gardella.
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