A Brief History of Tea

A Brief History of Tea The Extraordinary Story of the World's Favourite Drink - Brief Histories

Revised Edition

Paperback (29 Jan 2009) | English

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Synopsis

'Absorbing and sometimes shocking' - Literary Review
'A masterful historical study' - The Good Book Guide

Behind the wholesome image of the world's most popular drink lies a strangely murky and often violent past. From its first discovery to the present day, this is an extraordinary story of a great world obsession.

When tea began to be imported into the West from China in the seventeenth century, its high price and heavy taxes made it an immediate target for smuggling and dispute at every level, culminating in international incidents like the notorious Boston Tea Party.

In China itself the British financed their tea dealings by the ruthless imposition of the opium trade. Intrepid British tea planters soon began flocking to India, Ceylon and Africa, setting up huge plantations; often workers were bought and sold like slaves.

Roy Moxham's account of this extraordinary history begins with his own sojourn in Africa, managing 500 acres of tea and a thousand-strong workforce. His experiences inform the book and led him to investigate the early history of tea - and the results of his researches reflect little credit on the British Empire, while often revealing a fascinating world story.

About the Publisher

Robinson

Robinson

Little, Brown is the literary hardback imprint that feeds into our Abacus paperback list. We publish across a wide range of areas, including fiction, history, memoir, science and travel, but within this diverse list the vast majority of books have in common a strong narrative and a distinctive voice.

Book information

ISBN: 9781845297473
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Robinson
Pub date:
Edition: Revised Edition
DEWEY: 641.337209
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 222g
Height: 196mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 12mm