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A lively and beautifully illustrated historical past of one particular of the world's favorite beverages and its employs through the ages.World-renowned sinologist Victor H. Mair teams up with journalist Erling Hoh to tell the story of this impressive beverage and its uses, from ancient occasions to the current, from East to West. For the 1st time in a common background of tea, the Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, and Mongolian annals have been thoroughly consulted and very carefully sifted. The resulting narrative requires the reader from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the splendor of the Tang and Song Dynasties, from the tea ceremony politics of medieval Japan to the fabled tea and horse trade of Central Asia and the arrival of the 1st European vessels in Far Eastern waters. By means of the centuries, tea has inspired artists, enhanced religious expertise, played a pivotal part in the emergence of planet trade, and triggered cataclysmic occasions that altered the course of humankind. How did green tea turn out to be the national beverage of Morocco? And who was the beautiful Emma Hart, immortalized by George Romney in his painting The Tea-maker of Edgware Road? No other drink has touched the daily lives of so numerous folks in so many different techniques. The True Background of Tea brings these disparate facets together in an entertaining tale that combines solid scholarship with an eye for the quirky, offbeat paths that tea has strayed on during its extended voyage. It celebrates the frequent heritage of a beverage we have all come to really like, and plays a crucial portion in the work of dismantling that obsolete dictum: East is East, and West is West, and by no means the twain shall meet. 50 illustrations
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