Podcast: The Tale of Tea
22 April 2021
New Books in Asian Studies
George L. van Driem, "The Tale of Tea: A Comprehensive History of Tea from Prehistoric Times to the Present Day", (Brill 2019)
George L. van Driem discusses his latest book The Tale of Tea on the podcast Tea, Mud and Hope.
The Tale of Tea tells the story of globalization. Tea gave birth to paper money, the Opium Wars and Hong Kong, triggered the Anglo-Dutch wars and the American war of independence, shaped the economies and military history of Táng and Sòng China and moulded Chinese art and culture. The book replaces popular myths about tea with recondite knowledge on the hidden origins and detailed history of today’s globalised beverage in its many modern guises.
This podcast is a production of Tea, Mud and Hope.