A Social History of Tea: Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture & Community by Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson. ISBN 978-0-9836106-2-5. First published in Great Britain in 2001; copyright for this edition 2014. Softcover with 248 pages including selected bibliography and index. Drawing on the collections and archives of the National Trust, this book offers a comprehensive exploration of the social history of tea, from the 17th century to the present day. Introduced to London society in the mid-1600s, tea was an exotic commodity enjoyed by only a fortunate few. Years of popularity of tea parties and tea drinking were followed by a deep decline in tea consumption in the 1940's. In the 21st century, a tea renaissance has swept modern culture as tea has reclaimed its reputation as an important ingredient leading to good health and a balanced lifestyle and returned to its ancient Asian roots as the cup of humanity.
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