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Free download A History of the World in 6 Glasses Summary A History of the World in 6 Glasses ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Throughout human history certain drinks have done much than just uench 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 BCE was so importan. An interesting and engaging way to learn about history I found it fascinating Will look on these beverages through new lenses now

Free download A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Free download A History of the World in 6 Glasses Summary A History of the World in 6 Glasses ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF E 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 globalizationFor 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 agai. An interesting way of breaking history up by beer wine whiskey coffee tea cola Each came into its own in our history may well have driven it in some ways The basic idea along with a thumbnail of each is laid out in the introduction pretty well Well enough that I didn t want to continue listening after about half the first section on beer I didn t care much for the narrator that wasn t helped by repetitious writing This would probably be a great book to read thoughIt s doubtful but I might get back to it at some point

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Free download A History of the World in 6 Glasses Summary A History of the World in 6 Glasses ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF T 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 Chines. I seem to be in a phase where I like books that show me the hidden life of the everyday things all around us especially food and drink A few years ago I read Heat An Amateur s Adventures as Kitchen Slave Line Cook Pasta Maker and Apprentice to a Dante uoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford which started me on this uest which was followed by several books including The Omnivore s Dilemma by Michael Pollan Most recently I read The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen MansfieldNow I ve finished A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage which connects the span of human history to 6 different beverages that affected history culturally politically anthropologically nutritionally and economically The six in rough order of their era of greatest influence are beer wine whiskey coffee tea and cola More broadly you could have called the book A History of the World in Two Brain Altering Chemicals Alcohol and CaffeineIt is a fascinating look at how these drinks sometimes have been responsible for pivotal moments in history causing one civilization to rise and another to fall While human affairs are much complicated than one factor can explain we can t deny that one of the reasons ancient tribes turned from peripatetic hunting gathering to stationary agriculture was the need to cultivate grains for beer for instance Standage points out that of course the grains were also used for bread too but bread and beer were nearly interchangeable in most places two phases of cooking of the same product Beer was liuid bread and bread was solid beerMost the drinks had origins or at least early primary uses in religious rituals especially beer wine coffee and tea Whiskey and cola which were much modern inventions were just consumer products Eventually all of them made the leap to common use What made them significant was their eventual ubiuity even if at first they were reserved to the elitesThere were also some very interesting anecdotes such as the story of how coffee came to Europe from the Middle East Some theologians rejected it as a Muslim invention thus of the devil while others embraced So a decision had to be madeShortly before his death in 1605 Pope Clement VIII was asked to state the Catholic church s position on coffee At the time the drink was a novelty little known in Europe except among botanists and medical men including those at the University of Padua a leading center for medical research Coffee s religious opponents argued that coffee was evil They contended that since Muslims were unable to drink wine the holy drink of Christians the devil had punished them with coffee instead But the pope had the final say A Venetian merchant provided a small sample for inspection and Clement decided to taste the new drink before making his decision The story goes that he was so enchanted by its taste and aroma that he approved its consumption by ChristiansOther sources claim he said This devil s drink is so deliciouswe should cheat the devil by baptizing it True or not I will be sure to thank Pope Clement VIII and pray for him every day over my morning cup of joeAnother interesting tidbit concerned the importance of tea to the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the 18th and 19th century As labor became less about individual craftsmen and about unskilled workers who could maintain machines in monotonous repitition over long hours tea and tea breaks helped them to remain alert and concentrate Likewise even as the factory workers were gathering together in closer working and living conditions waterborne illnesses became almost extinct not just due to the boiling of water for tea but for the phenolic acids the tannins in the tea itselfInfants benefited too since the antibacterial phenolics in tea pass easily into the breast milk of nursing mothers This lowered infant mortality and provided a large labor pool just as the Industrial Revolution took holdIn fact every one of the six drinks was considered for both their positive and negative effects on society Coffee led to 16th century coffeehouses that were the locus of the Scientific Revolution that led to the Enlightenment democracy free market economics and The Chinese stranglehold on tea production and insistence on Westerners buying it with silver not trading it for Western goods led to the creation of the opium trade from India that eventually destabilized China in the 19th century which last through the 20th century until the rise of CommunismWhile these six beverages can t be said to have caused the most important and decisive moments of history they often played significant roles in moments that caused the course of history to go in one direction and not the other If not for the wine it exported would Greece have risen to a great culture that brought us philosophy and so much elseWithout tea or rumwhiskey would Great Britain have become the empire on whose flag the sun never sets Maybe maybe in a different form or in a different time but undoubtedly differentA History of the World in Six Glasses was a fun and uick read that makes me want to delve into the various individual elements it presents Which is the best kind of book isn t it


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    Free download A History of the World in 6 Glasses PDF/EPUB A History of the World in 6 Glasses Free download ç eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ç Tom Standage This book should really be called A History of the Western World in 6 Glasses as it doesn't consider the drinks of South America Sub Saharan Africa Oceania and much of Asia Indeed tea is considered only through the lens of the British empire ev

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    PDF/EPUB A History of the World in 6 Glasses A well written book is sure to uench the thirst of a curious reader full of facts or action that keeps them coming back for But how did people throughout history uench their literal thirst and how do the beverage choices made throughout history help define the advancements the world has seen since its inception? Tom Standage seeks to answer these and many other uestions as he examines how six beverages beer wine spirits coffee tea and Coca

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    PDF/EPUB A History of the World in 6 Glasses An interesting and engaging way to learn about history I found it fascinating Will look on these beverages through new lenses now

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    PDF/EPUB A History of the World in 6 Glasses I seem to be in a phase where I like books that show me the hidden life of the everyday things all around us especially food and drink A few ye

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    Free download A History of the World in 6 Glasses Tom Standage ç 8 Free download PDF/EPUB A History of the World in 6 Glasses I noticed this book on a few friend's 'to read' lists and thought I should write a review on it since I have read it a few years back and it is still very much part of our family's proud intellectual history8 We do not realize how necessary fluids are for our survival As Tom Standage states we can live without food for uite a whi

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    PDF/EPUB A History of the World in 6 Glasses Free download ç eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ç Tom Standage Free download A History of the World in 6 Glasses This book I've read twice It takes you from the formation of beer and society in Mesopotamia to the use of wine as currency and how wine types represented a social classification system in Greece and Rome It went through spirits and

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    Free download ç eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ç Tom Standage PDF/EPUB A History of the World in 6 Glasses Tom Standage ç 8 Free download 23 Feb 2015 I read this book since my son recommended it to me while he was reading it for his World History AP class this year I see why he liked it and I generally did too It is fun and breezy and covers some fascinatin

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  • Paperback
  • 336
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses
  • Tom Standage
  • English
  • 27 November 2018
  • 9780802715524