The Tale of Tea: A Comprehensive History of Tea from Prehistoric Times to the Present Day

van Driem, George (2019). The Tale of Tea: A Comprehensive History of Tea from Prehistoric Times to the Present Day. Leiden: Brill 10.1163/9789004393608

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The Tale of Tea is the saga of globalisation. Tea gave birth to paper money, the Opium Wars and Hong Kong, triggered the Anglo-Dutch wars and the American war of independence, shaped the economies and military history of Táng and Sòng China and moulded Chinese art and culture. Whilst black tea dominates the global market today, such tea is a recent invention. No tea plantations existed in the world’s largest black tea producing countries, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka, when the Dutch and the English went to war about tea in the 17th century. This book replaces popular myths about tea with recondite knowledge on the hidden origins and detailed history of today’s globalised beverage in its many modern guises.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics > Comparative Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

van Driem, George

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
500 Science > 540 Chemistry
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
900 History > 950 History of Asia

ISBN:

978-90-04-39360-8

Publisher:

Brill

Language:

English

Submitter:

George van Driem

Date Deposited:

20 Mar 2019 17:35

Last Modified:

20 Mar 2019 17:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1163/9789004393608

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/125446

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