February 28, 2012

Are you a pot or a kettle?

Before and Beyond Divergence cover (source)
Before and Beyond Divergence by Jean-Laurent Rosenthal and R. Bin Wong is not about tea. The book's subtitle is "The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe," yet, the decision was made to use images of a tea pot and a tea kettle to represent China and Europe, respectively.  Tea is mentioned twice in the book.  On page 163 it is described as a form of craft production.  The references include a citation for Taxing Heaven's Storehouse: Horses, Bureaucrats, and the Destruction of the Sichuan Tea Industry: 1074-1224 (P.J. Smith, 1991).


  1. Politics is a little out of my scope of expertise, but it is interesting to see two national powers compared using teaware.


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