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Tea and Empire: James Taylor in Victorian Ceylon

Angela McCarthy and T. M. Devine


This book examines the remarkable life story of James Taylor, renowned as ‘the father of the Ceylon tea enterprise’. Published in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Ceylon tea, the book documents Taylor’s role in that global commodity, and its forerunners, coffee and cinchona. It utilises Taylor’s own writings together with documentary and ethnographic evidence, to recreate plantation life in the high noon of the Victorian empire. It shows that the imperial experience was not simply about conquest and subordination but could also involve both human contacts across the cultures and sometimes a degr ... More

Keywords: Tea, Ceylon, Sri Lanka, British Empire, Scotland, Planters, James Taylor, Coffee, Cinchona, Biography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526119056
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526119056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela McCarthy, author
University of Otago

T. M. Devine, author
University of Edinburgh