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By Erika Rappaport

ISBN-10: 0691167117

ISBN-13: 9780691167114

How the worldwide tea stimulated the foreign economic climate and the increase of mass consumerism

Tea has been the most renowned commodities on this planet. Over centuries, gains from its progress and revenues funded wars and fueled colonization, and its cultivation led to gigantic changes—in land use, exertions platforms, marketplace practices, and social hierarchies—the results of that are with us even this present day. A Thirst for Empire takes an unlimited and extensive old examine how males and women—through the tea in Europe, Asia, North the USA, and Africa—transformed worldwide tastes and behavior and within the strategy created our glossy shopper society.

As Erika Rappaport indicates, among the 17th and 20th centuries the limits of the tea and the British Empire overlapped yet have been by no means exact, and she or he highlights the commercial, political, and cultural forces that enabled the British Empire to dominate—but by no means fullyyt control—the around the globe construction, alternate, and intake of tea. Rappaport delves into how Europeans followed, appropriated, and changed chinese language tea tradition to construct a frequent call for for tea in Britain and different worldwide markets and a plantation-based economic system in South Asia and Africa. Tea used to be one of the earliest colonial industries within which retailers, planters, promoters, and shops used imperial assets to pay for worldwide advertisements and political lobbying. the economic version that tea encouraged nonetheless exists and is essential for realizing how politics and exposure effect the foreign economy.

An expansive and unique worldwide historical past of imperial tea, A Thirst for Empire demonstrates the ways in which this fluid and robust firm contributed to shaping the modern world.

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