A History of the World in 6 Glasses

By | January 10, 2018
A History of the World in 6 Glasses Author Tom Standage
ISBN-10 0802715524
ISBN-13 9780802715524
Year 2006-05-16
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Walker Publishing Company
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From beer to Coca Cola the six drinks that have helped shape human history Throughout human history certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer wine spirits coffee tea and cola Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B C E was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade helping spread Greek culture abroad Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade Although coffee originated in the Arab world it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea it became especially popular in Britain with far reaching effects on British foreign policy Finally though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th century Europe they became a 20th century phenomenon and Coca Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization For Tom Standage each drink is a kind of technology a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again

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