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Green Gold by Alan Macfarlane
Book DescriptionApart from water, tea is more widely consumed than any other food or drink. Tens of billions of cups are drunk every day. How and why has tea conquered the world? Tea was the first global product. It altered life-styles, religions, etiquette and aesthetics. It raised nations and shattered empires. Economies were changed out of all recognition. Diseases were thwarted by the magical drink and cities founded on it. The industrial revolution was fuelled by tea, sealing the fate of the modern world. Green Gold is a remarkable detective story of how an East Himalayan camellia bush became the world's favourite drink. Discover how the tea plant came to be transplanted onto every continent and relive the stories of the men and women whose lives were transformed out of all recognition through contact with the deceptively innocuous green leaf.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780091895457
(199mm x 126mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 6-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alan Macfarlane
Resources and Population, Paperback (August 2012)
This book, first published in 1976, utilises the tools of social anthropology and population studies to examine the causes and consequences of populations growth.
Nagas, Paperback (April 2012)
In the years before Indian Independence in 1947, the Nagas of Northeast India came to exemplify an exotic society. This title offers an examination of how the notion of tribes came to be applied to the Nagas"is linked to its subsequent importance in the development of contemporary Naga nationalism.
Reconstructing Historical Communities, Paperback (October 2008)
Alan MacFarlane has studied the parishes of Earls Colne in Essex and Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria.
English Historical Records, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by Alan Macfarlane
This book describes the nature of English historical records over the period 1200-1800.
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Author Biography - Alan Macfarlane
Professor Alan Macfarlane is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He is the world's foremost expert on tea and its social impact and has been the principle social expert on the acclaimed Channel Four series The Day the World Took Off. Iris Macfarlane is Alan's mother and was for many years married to a tea-planter in Assam. She wrote for History Today in the 1960s and has published many books most notable her translations of Assamese and Gaelic folk stories. In the early 1990s Iris appeared extensively on the BBC British Empire series Ruling Passions.
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