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Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India

Andrew B Liu


Tea remains the world's most popular commercial drink today, and at the turn of the twentieth century, it represented the largest export industry of both China and colonial India. In analyzing the global competition between Chinese and Indian tea, this book challenges past economic histories premised on the technical “divergence” between the West and the Rest, arguing instead that seemingly traditional technologies and practices were central to modern capital accumulation across Asia. The book shows how competitive pressures compelled Chinese merchants to adopt abstract, industrial conceptions ... More

Keywords: Chinese tea, Indian tea, commercial drink, export industry, China, colonial India, Chinese merchants, capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300243734
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300243734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew B Liu, author
Villanova University