Empire of tea : the Asian leaf that conquered the world / Markman Ellis, Matthew Mauger, Richard Coulton.

  • London, [England] : Reaktion Books 2015
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1 online resource (328 p.)
  • 1-78023-464-3
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  • English
  • Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index.
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  • Cover; Empire of tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World; Imprint Page; Contents; Introduction; One: Early European Encounters with Tea; Two: Establishing the Taste for Tea in Britain; Three: The Tea Trade with China; Four: The Elevation of Tea; Five: The Natural Philosophy of Tea; Six: The Market for Tea in Britain; Seven: The British Way of Tea; Eight: Smuggling and Taxation; Nine: The Democratization of Tea Drinking; Ten: Tea in the Politics of Empire; Eleven: The National Drink of Victorian Britain; Twelve: Twentieth-century Tea; Epilogue: Global Tea; References; Bibliography
  • Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements; Index
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  • Although tea had been known and consumed in China and Japan for centuries, it was only in the seventeenth century that Londoners first began drinking it. Over the next two hundred years, its stimulating properties seduced all of British society, as tea found its way into cottages and castles alike. One of the first truly global commodities, tea has also, today, come to epitomize British culture and identity. This impressively detailed book offers a rich cultural history of tea, from its ancient origins in China to its spread around the world. The authors recount tea's arrival in London

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