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A Brief History of Tea Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire by Roy Moxham
  

A Brief History of Tea Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire

Part of the Brief Histories Series

Synopsis

A Brief History of Tea Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire by Roy Moxham

Behind the wholesome image of the world's most popular drink lies a strangely murky and often violent past. 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.

Reviews

This book is a fascinating mix of personal experience, a passion for the subject and an enthralling history. * Yorkshire Gazette and Herald * A masterful historical study. * Good Book Guide * Very well written . . . enlightening. * Financial Times * Absorbing - and sometimes shocking. -- Christopher Ondaatje. * Literary Review *


About the Author

Roy Moxham is the highly acclaimed author of The Great Hedge of India. He is a former tea planter and gallery owner and was latterly book conservator for Canterbury Cathedral and the University of London. He now lives in London and India.

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Book Info

Publication date

29th January 2009

Author

Roy Moxham

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Publisher

Robinson Publishing an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Social & cultural history
Non-alcoholic beverages
International trade

ISBN

9781845297473

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