The Trouble with Tea: The Politics of Consumption in the Eighteenth-Century Global Economy
In The Trouble with Tea, historian Jane T. Merritt explores tea as a central component of eighteenth-century global trade and probes its connections to the politics of consumption. Arguing that tea caused trouble over the course of the eighteenth century in a number of different ways, Merritt traces the multifaceted impact of that luxury item on British imperial policy, colonial politics, and the financial structure of merchant companies. Merritt challenges the assumption among economic historians that consumer demand drove merchants to provide an ever-increasing supply of goods, thus sparking a consumer revolution in the early eighteenth century. [From the publisher]
Johns Hopkins University Press
18th century, Colonial America, Consumption, Global economy, Global trade, Great Britain, Imperial policy, Tea
Economic History | European History | Macroeconomics | Political Economy | Political History | United States History
Merritt, Jane T., "The Trouble with Tea: The Politics of Consumption in the Eighteenth-Century Global Economy" (2017). History Faculty Bookshelf. 40.