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Tea war : a history of capitalism in China and India

Author: Andrew B Liu
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2020] ©2020
Series: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tea remains the world's most popular commercial drink today, and at the turn of the twentieth century, it represented the largest export industry of both China and colonial India. In analyzing the global competition between Chinese and Indian tea, Andrew B. Liu challenges past economic histories premised on the technical "divergence" between the West and the Rest, arguing instead that seemingly traditional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als
Liu, Andrew B.
Tea War.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2020
1 online resource (359 pages)
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(DE-627)1695146352
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew B Liu
ISBN: 9780300243734 0300243731
OCLC Number: 1192524686
Description: xi, 344 Seiten : Illustrationen ; 25 cm
Series Title: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Responsibility: Andrew B. Liu.

Abstract:

Tea remains the world's most popular commercial drink today, and at the turn of the twentieth century, it represented the largest export industry of both China and colonial India. In analyzing the global competition between Chinese and Indian tea, Andrew B. Liu challenges past economic histories premised on the technical "divergence" between the West and the Rest, arguing instead that seemingly traditional technologies and practices were central to modern capital accumulation across Asia. He shows how competitive pressures compelled Chinese merchants to adopt abstract, industrial conceptions of time, while colonial planters in India pushed for labor indenture laws to support factory-style tea plantations. Further, characterizations of China and India as premodern backwaters, he explains, were themselves the historical result of new notions of political economy adopted by Chinese and Indian nationalists, who discovered that these abstract ideas corresponded to concrete social changes in their local surroundings. Together, these stories point toward a more flexible and globally oriented conceptualization of the history of capitalism in China and India

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"Mr Liu ranges widely in his carefully researched and well-crafted narrative. He is most concerned with the conduct and impact of the tea trade, but punctuates the story of profit and exploitation Read more...

 
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