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A Social History of Tea - Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson

Item Number: 5999
Dimensions: 7 x 9
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This is the illustrated - and fascinating - story of tea's incredible influence on western culture over four centuries. Find it in the gift shops at Monticello or Mt. Vernon, and better tea shops across North America. Autographed copy.
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A SOCIAL HISTORY OF TEA - Expanded second edition

Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture & Community

By Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson

British writer and tea historian Jane Pettigrew has joined forces again with American tea writer Bruce Richardson to chronicle the fascinating story of tea’s influence on British and American culture, commerce and community spanning nearly four centuries. These two leading tea professionals have seen first-hand the current tea renaissance sweeping modern culture and have written over two dozen books on the subject of tea, including the National Trust publication, The New Tea Companion.

No beverage has shaped Western civilization more than the ancient elixir - tea. Follow tea's amazing journey from Canton to London, Boston and beyond as these two leaders of today's tea renaissance weave a fascinating story detailing how the leaves of a simple Asian plant shaped the culture and politics of both the United Kingdom and the United States.


First Tea in England * East India Company * America’s Thirst for Tea * Tea Jars & Caddies

Teas for Sale * Tea Smuggling * Tea Etiquette * Liberty Tea * Boston Tea Party

An Empire Built on Tea * Jane Austen’s Tea Things * Afternoon Tea * Glasgow Tea Movement * Tea & Suffrage

Teabags * The Tea Room Movement * Wartime Tea * Rise of American Tea Brands * Tea Dances * Specialty Tea

The American Teasmith * Tea & Health * The Starbucks Effect * Culinary Tea

“Here is history as it should be written. In a spell-binding way the story skips merrily along while seeming to skip nothing; it moves quickly but never seems to hurry. Any lover of quaint and curious lore will spend happy hours taking instruction from these authors.” –James Norwood Pratt

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Product Reviews

(11 Ratings, 10 Reviews) Average Rating:
Pettigrew Social History of Tea Fantastic (rev ed)
Nadine M. White (United States) 6/8/2016 1:31 PM
Marvelous! Marvelous! Marvelous! Lots of great pics and good USA/Britain continuity in history.
Four Stars
Carol Adams (United States) 6/8/2016 1:30 PM
Bought as a gift. Recipient really likes it.
Love this book!
C Toth (United States) 6/8/2016 1:29 PM
Excellent book if you love anything to do with tea. The entire history all in one lovely book. Have it sitting on my tearoom table.
Good Book
Mstar (PA USA) 6/8/2016 1:25 PM
I am enjoying this book. As a tea drinker, it's very interesting to learn about the history of tea. And all of the things associated with it, teapots, cups, etc. Enjoy reading it with a cup of tea by my side.
Tea history from both sides of the pond
Kimbal S. Babcock (Flagstaff, AZ) 6/8/2016 1:16 PM
I have and loved the first addition, but this second addition adds the American Tea History which is a plus for us American tea lovers.