The Extraordinary Story of the World's Favourite Drink
Author: 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.
A Discourse on Tea. Being an Account of that Exotic; Botanical, Chymical, Commercial & Medical, with Notices of Its Adulteration, the Means of Detection, Tea Making, with a Brief History of the East India Company, Etc. Etc
"Mixing science, humor, and grossly irresponsible self-experimentation, Evans paints a vivid picture of how bad habits built the world we know and love." —David Wong, author of John Dies at the End History has never been more fun—or more intoxicating. Guns, germs, and steel might have transformed us from hunter-gatherers into modern man, but booze, sex, trash talk, and tripping built our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a major victory for women’s rights to the beer that helped create—and destroy—South America's first empire. And Evans goes deeper than simply writing about ancient debauchery; he recreates some of history's most enjoyable (and most painful) vices and includes guides so you can follow along at home. You’ll learn how to: • Trip like a Greek philosopher. • Rave like your Stone Age ancestors. • Get drunk like a Sumerian. • Smoke a nose pipe like a pre–Columbian Native American. A celebration of the brave, drunken pioneers who built our civilization one seemingly bad decision at a time, A Brief History of Vice explores a side of the past that mainstream history books prefer to hide. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Being a Brief History of the Activities of the Minneapolis Republican Women's Club Since Its Organization in May, 1920 (Classic Reprint)
Author: Pauline E. Remington
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Category: Political Science
Excerpt from Politics and Tea: Being a Brief History of the Activities of the Minneapolis Republican Women's Club Since Its Organization in May, 1920 Sign of the Red Elephant which hangs over the oriental gate, and on which one reads the words, G. O. P. Tea Shop. Everybody Welcome. This attractive exterior is matched by an equally attractive interior. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
An engaging historical survey of tea in literature from ancient China to today. The History of Tea focuses on tea and tea time in books, plays, and poems. Whether used for flirtation or a reason to bring key characters together, this delightful book explores our relationship with tea through fiction. Divided into chapters to include a brief tea history, romantic teas and tea parties (from the infamous Boston Tea Party to the bizarre Madhatter’s Tea Party), Claire Hopley takes us on a walk through the long, dark tea time—of literature. The use of recipes based on the scenes in the featured books is bound to appeal to readers.
In China, the practice of drinking tea is about much more than soaking leaves in a cup of hot water. Cha Dao takes us on a fascinating journey through the Way of Tea, from its origins in the sacred temples of ancient China, through its links to Daoist concepts such as or non-striving, to the affinity between Tea Mind and the Japanese spirit of Zen.
The art of reading tea leaves has been practiced for centuries by everyone from Buddhist monks to Bedouins to Gypsies. Once very popular in Britain and Ireland and all the countries they settled, including our own, the practice has all but faded away. Now, this concise book provides quick, easy, and fun instructions for practicing tasseography today. The book includes everything needed to become an accomplished practitioner: * a brief history of tea and coffee * advice on brewing and serving * basic rules of tea leaf and cup reading * handy tips for instant readings * an illustrated dictionary of 361 symbols with precise definitions Tea Cup Reading is an essential reference for this fascinating interpretive art.