The Empire of Tea

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  • "[An] unfailingly informative history of tea... An absorbing read."-Kirkus From Darjeeling to Lapsang Souchon, from India to Japan-a fresh, concise, world-encompassing exploration of the way tea has shaped politics, culture, and the environment throughout history. From the fourth century BC in China, where it was used as an aid in Buddhist meditation, to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, to its present-day role as the most consumed substance on the planet, the humble Camellia plant has had profound effects on civilization. Renowned cultural anthropologist Alan MacFarlane and Iris MacFarlane recount the history of tea from its origin in the eastern Himalayas and explains, among other things, how tea became the world's most prevalent addiction, how tea was used as an instrument of imperial control, and how the cultivation of tea drove the industrial revolution. Both an absorbing narrative and a fascinating tour of some of the world's great cultures-Japan, China, India, France, the Britain, and others-The Empire of Tea brings into sharp focus one of the forces that shaped history.
  • Author:
    Alan MacFarlane
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    641
    EAN:
    9781590201756
    Edition:
    Reprint
    ISBN:
    1590201752
    Label:
    Overlook TP
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $14.95
    Manufacturer:
    Overlook TP
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    320
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2009-02-24
    Publisher:
    Overlook TP
    Studio:
    Overlook TP
    Title:
    The Empire of Tea
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