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Linguistics: How tea changed China and how China changed tea

Public Lecture Followed by Book Launch

How tea changed China and how China changed tea

China owes her very existence to tea. During the late Táng and the Sòng dynasty periods, China traded tea with Tibet, the Tangut kingdom and the Uighur khaganate in order to secure horses for her cavalry. Chinese horsemen never became as skilled as their western and northern neighbours, and China never come to possess as many battleworthy mounts as she required. Yet, if it were not for the tea and horse trade, China would have been left defenceless and Chinese civilisation may have been snuffed out entirely. Whilst at one time the tea trade financed China’s defences, in later history tea furnished the incentive to China’s enemies to peddle narcotics to her people and wage war against her. This public lecture focused on the formative relationships between China and tea will launch van Driem’s recent book A Tale of Tea (2019, Brill; 942pp). Refreshments will be provided.

Prof. Dr. George van Driem (Universität Bern)

Prof. Dr. George van Driem is Chair of Historical Linguistics at the University of Berne in Switzerland. The world’s leading authority on language and prehistory in the Greater Himalayan Region, he is the author of several books and dozens of papers to do with the languages and cultures of China, India, Nepal and Bhutan, including Languages of the Himalayas (2 vols, 1372 pp; Brill 2001), as well as of comprehensive grammars and dictionaries of Himalayan languages such as Dzongkha, Limbu and Dumi. Prof. Dr. van Driem is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney throughout the month of June, with support from the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Research Centre (SSSHARC), and the China Studies Centre (CSC).


Where
Seminar Room 650
Social Sciences Building (A02)
University of Sydney
Camperdown NSW 2006

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Date

Jun 07 2019
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Time

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Cost

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