A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World

Erika Rappaport (Author)

Product Details

Princeton University Press
Publish Date
March 05, 2019
6.1 X 1.6 X 9.2 inches | 2.04 pounds
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About the Author

Erika Rappaport is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Shopping for Pleasure (Princeton) and coeditor of Consuming Behaviors (Bloomsbury).


"Rappaport tells with authority how tea and the culture of tea drinking has influenced the greater history of the British Empire and the British-influenced world beyond. . . . [Her] description of the ways in which tea has been marketed over the years is entirely absorbing."--Simon Winchester, New York Times Book Review
"Meticulously researched, the book showcases materials from archives scattered across the globe to illustrate how one product's flow across borders was knitting the world together long before the term 'globalization' was coined. . . . Rappaport's book is one of relevance to us all."--Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Wall Street Journal
"The book moves from the coffeehouses of London to the muggy plantations of Assam to the advertising firms of Madison Avenue. . . . Exhaustively researched and winningly recounted."--Publishers Weekly
"A sweeping and richly detailed history of tea."--Pietra Rivoli, Financial Times
"This detailed work provides interesting explorations of the health-giving powers attributed to tea, and how it came to be seen as a wholesome and vital drink."--Katrina Gulliver, Spectator
Winner of the 2018 PCCBS Book Prize, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies
Winner of the 2018 Jerry Bentley Prize in World History, American Historical Association
Co-Winner of the 2018 ASFS Book Award, Association for the Study of Food and Society
Winner of a 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Award, U.S. National Winner in "Tea"