Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World

Empire of Tea The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World 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 stimulatin

  • Title: Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World
  • Author: Markman Ellis Richard Coulter Matthew Mauger
  • ISBN: 9781780234403
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 and now the world s most popularAlthough 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 and now the world s most popular drink, 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 and follow its increasing salability and import via the East India Company throughout the eighteenth century, inaugurating the first regular exchange both commercial and cultural between China and Britain They look at European scientists struggles to understand tea s history and medicinal properties, and they recount the ways its delicate flavor and exotic preparation have enchanted poets and artists Exploring everything from its everyday use in social settings to the political and economic controversies it has stirred such as the Boston Tea Party and the First Opium War they offer a multilayered look at what was ultimately an imperial industry, a collusion and often clash between the world s greatest powers over control of a simple beverage that has become an enduring pastime.

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    1. Although the title implies that this is a history of how tea 'conquered the world', it specifically is a history of tea in Britain, with China and Japan almost thrown in as a foreword.But in sum, this is a history of tea, or a history of the perceptions of tea. The first chapters focus on tea as a foreign curiosity, and one which is the explicit domain of the aristocracy, and a few natural scientists who attempted to classify and study it. There are also chapters on the elaborate trading network [...]

    2. I found this book to be quite fascinating. There was a lot of information and some I didn't know. I enjoyed the cartoon of William Pitt and Charles Fox. I also didn't know about the 'rub down'.

    3. Sometimes a little repetitive - at times I thought it have been better as a long-read article rather than needing a full book. But on the whole I recommend it to anyone interested, and it is a good topic.

    4. History of tea in Britain from 17th to 20th centuries. Lots of good illustrations, some in a color section. Discussions of how tea was introduced, the switch from China to India tea, how society changed, etc.

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