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For All the Tea in China

Espionage, Empire and the Secret Formula for the World's Favourite Drink

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For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose
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Robert Fortune was a Scottish gardener, botanist, plant hunter and industrial spy. In 1848, the East India Company engaged him to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China territory forbidden to foreigners to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea. For centuries, China had been the world s sole tea manufacturer. Britain purchased this fuel for its Empire by trading opium to the Chinese a poisonous relationship Britain fought two destructive wars to sustain. The East India Company had profited lavishly as the middleman, but it was now sinking, having lost its monopoly to trade tea. Its salvation, it thought, was to establish its own plantations in the Himalayas of British India. There were just two problems- India had no tea plants worth growing, and the company wouldn t have known what to do with them if it had. Hence Robert Fortune's daring trip. The Chinese interior was off-limits and virtually unknown to the West, but that s where the finest tea was grown the richest oolongs, soocho

Author Biography

Sarah Rose is a writer living in New York. She was educated at Harvard and the University of Chicago.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Arrow Books Ltd
Pages
288
Dimensions
129x198x18
ISBN-13
9780099493426
Product ID
3946378

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