The Politics of Tea

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The Politics of Tea: The East India Company and British Tea Culture

Dear Readers,

As we celebrate the return of our beloved Bridgerton for a second season, I have come across a diverting bit of information. As you know, tea time is a staple in our dear London, but not many know of its history. The Bloomington Public Library is excited to host a virtual event where you can learn about the history of tea as it relates to England. Claire Evans, a former UK resident, will give a presentation on “The Politics of Tea,” and I encourage all you tender creatures to attend. Look below for a description of this most wondrous event!

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For all its genteel connotations, the history of tea is steeped in espionage, rebellion, and the rise of an empire. Join Anglophile Claire Evans to explore the most lucrative corporate venture the world has ever known and the product it brought to the West at any cost. With a nod to the popular “Bridgerton” series, learn how tea infused British society from top to bottom and what to expect should you ever find yourself at afternoon tea.

Online registration for this program can be completed below. You may also register by calling 309.590.6168 or by visiting the Adult Services Desk at the Library and registering in person. As soon as registration is complete, you will receive an email with a link to access the online discussion.