A brief history of tea addiction exploitation and empire behind the wholesome image of the worlds most popular drink lies a strangely murky and often violent past. Roy moxham is the author of tea addiction exploitation and empire 2003 the great hedge of india 2001 and the freelander 1990 born and brought up in evesham worcestershire he went out to africa in 1961 as a tea planter in nyasaland later malawi. Tea addiction exploitation and empire hardcover september 4 2003 in the book he recounted a brief history of british tea trade with china india and africa the names of several types of tea were explained since they come from geographic regions from a slow start to a nationwide addiction he followed the growth of tea drinking . Then it got really boring tea is a hobby and i was intrigued by the subtitle of addiction exploitation and empire i had hoped this book would address the less romantic aspects of tea tea parties held by people in nice clothes etc and more about the darker side of tea its place in history how its harvested etc. Behind the wholesome image of the worlds 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
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