History of the World in 6 Glasses

ISBN-10: 0802715524

ISBN-13: 9780802715524

Edition: 2006

Authors: Tom Standage

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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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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 5/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.61" wide x 8.20" long x 0.92" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Tom Standage is a journalist and author from England. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked as a science and technology writer for The Guardian, as the business editor at The Economist, has been published in Wired, The New York Times, and The Daily Telegraph. His non-fiction works include The Victorian Internet, A History of the World in Six Glasses, An Edible History of Humanity (on the New York Times bestseller list in 2014), and Writing on the Wall: Social Media -- The First 2,000 Years.

Introduction: Vital Fluids
Beer in Mesopotamia and Egypt
A Stone-Age Brew
Civilized Beer
Wine in Greece and Rome
The Delight of Wine
The Imperial Vine
Spirits in the Colonial Period
High Spirits, High Seas
The Drinks That Built America
Coffee in the Age of Reason
The Great Soberer
The Coffeehouse Internet
Tea and the British Empire
Empires of Tea
Tea Power
Coca-Cola and the Rise of America
From Soda to Cola
Globalization in a Bottle
Epilogue: Back to the Source
Acknowledgments
In Search of Ancient Drinks
Notes
Sources
Index
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