Adult Nonfiction GT2905 .M33 2004
Summary: From the fourth century B.C. in China, where tea was used as an aid in Buddhist meditation, to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, when its destruction became a rousing symbol of the American Revolution, to its present-day role as the single most consumed beverage on the planet, The Empire of Teaexplores the effects of the humble Camelia plantÂboth tragic and liberatingÂin the history of civilization. Alan MacFarlane explains, among other things, how tea became the worldÂs most prevalent addiction, its use as an instrument of imperial control, and how the cultivation of tea led to the invention of machines and technology during the industrial revolution.The Empire of Teaalso incorporates personal stories of the people whose lives have been affected by their contact with the global obsession with tea, including the elegantly detailed account of Iris MacFarlane about her life on a tea estate in the Indian province of Assam, the worldÂs center of tea cultivation. A fascinatingly tour of the worldÂs great tea culturesÂJapan, China, India, France, the United Kingdom, and othersÂThe Empire of Teabrings into sharp focus one of the forces that have shaped history.
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