A History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage
✅ Editor: Walker & Company
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Beer, Coca-Cola, the six drinks that helped shape man’s historyThroughout human history, some drinks have done much more than simply quench thirst.As Tom Standage carries with authority and charm, six of them had a surprise influence on the course of history, becoming the definition of drinking during a pivotal historical periodA World History in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the prism of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and soft drinks.The beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and in 3000 BCEis therefore important from Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wagesIn ancient Greece, wine became the main export product of its extensive maritime trade, helping the spread of Greek culture abroadSpirits like cognac and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortify sailors on long voyages and grease the wound of slaveryAlthough coffee originated in the Arab world, it fuelled revolutionary thinking in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffee became centres of intellectual exchange.And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became particularly popular in Britain, with profound repercussions on British foreign policyFinally, although soft drinks were invented in the 18th century in Europe, they have become a 20th century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola, in particular, is the first symbol of globalizationFor Tom Standage, each drink is a type of technology, a catalyst to promote the culture by which it demonstrates the complex interaction of different civilizations.You’ll never look at your favorite drink the same way again.
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