624 JOURNAL OF WORLD HISTORY, DECEMBER 2019 Great War. This one-volume history is both nuanced and dynamic and it is one of the best works of history written during the centenary. IAN ISHERWOOD Gettysburg College A Local History of Global Capital: Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta. By TARIQ OMAR ALI. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 272 pp. $39.95 (hardcover). A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World. By ERIKA RAPPAPORT. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. 568 pp. $39.50 (hardcover). Both Tariq Omar Ali and Erika Rappaport present ways of integrating the local with the global, which add to the discipline of World History. Ali’s book is a local history, which considers the influence of global markets upon a specific location: the jute-growing tracts of the Bengal delta, which today is largely in Bangladesh. Rappaport instead provides a voluminous global history of tea, which considers its production in China and India but focuses mostly on its consumption in Britain and many other regions, including India, South Africa, North America, and Australia. In many ways, the differences and overlap between these two books shows both the benefits and pitfalls to thinking about histories of goods and
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 30, 2019
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