Week 10: Oct. 29 and Oct. 31

Assignment: check the assignments for this week, and complete by Monday Oct. 28, 5pm.

Reminder: username and password for PDFs is on the Canvas Homepage

Tue Oct. 29: Tea comes to Europe!

  • Standage, Tom. A History of the World in 6 Glasses. New York: Bloomsbury 2005. (PDF)
          • This is a tertiary source, and written for a general audience, hence the lack of notes; an easy read on the introduction of tea in Europe.
          • A lot of the information on pp. 175-184 will be familiar. Are there any points where you disagree with Standage’s summary?
  • Pauli, Simon. A Treatise on Tobacco, Tea, Coffee, and Chocolate. Translated by Dr. James. London: T. Osborne, 1746. Eighteenth Century Online Collection. (PDF)
          • You can find a scan of the full text via this link to the library catalogue record.
          • What did people in Europe in the seventeenth century know about tea? Is this knowledge correct, or incorrect, based on what you know about tea in East Asia? Simon Pauli does not think tea is good for Europeans. What are the arguments he uses to persuade people not to drink tea? What does Pauli think about the Chinese? How does that influence his opinions on tea?
  • Slides (Gdrive link)

Thu. Oct. 31: Tea at which cost?

  • Standage, Tom. A History of the World in 6 Glasses. New York: Bloomsbury 2005. (PDF)
          • Note that we will go into more detail on the Boston Tea party in a future class, focus on the European/British side of the story.
  • Watch: “Robert Fortune: The Tea Thief” (Robert Fortune : The Tea Thief. Directed by Diane Perelsztejn. Filmakers Library, 2003. Online Video)
  • Read through the background of the “High Tea” game from the Wellcome Collection: website.
          • Take notes on what inspired the game, and how history and game work together
  • Play the game “High Tea”. Pay attention to the Intro!
          • Note: it runs on Flash. If your browser has disabled Flash, allow Flash and you may have to reload the page.
          • How does the game help you to understand better the connection between tea and opium?
  • Spreadsheet with data on the East India Compagny’s tea trade. If you prefer a visual representation of the trends in tea trade, check the tabs at the bottom for graphs on weight, value, and excise duties collected.
  • Class handout: Jardine and Archdeacon Moule on opium trade (Gdrive link)
          • Extracted from the book Robert Blake. Jardine Matheson: Traders of the Far East. London: Weidenfield and Nicholson, 1999.
  • Slides (Gdrive link)