A History of the World in 6 Glasses Pdf

A History of the World in 6 Glasses Pdf

A History of the World in 6 Glasses Pdf

A History of the World in 6 Glasses Pdf

About the book:

A History of the World in 6 Glasses book

Author:                        Tom Standage

Publisher:                   Walker Publishing Company; trade paper, later printing edition

Publish date:               May 16, 2006

ISBN-10:                      0802715524

ISBN-13:                     9780802715524

Pages:                          311 eBook pages can be different

Language:                   English

Genres:                        History Books


This was a great deal of play. Tom Standage is anauthor for The Economist, and this book, A History of the World in 6 glasses, delivers well. It involves you through 6 chapters dedicated to: beer, wine, distilled liquor, chocolate, tea, and Coke.Beer was a big part of the growth of domestication and agriculture, and he goes through how it most likely developed and what levies still survive. Beer used to be drunk from one huge jar, and everyone would use a straw, thus it was a very communal thing – one of the forerunners of the modern “cheers.”Wine he takes through its discovery and the Greek and Roman preference for it. Only insane cultures and Gods drank unadulterated wine without mixing a bunch of water with it.The distilled spirits chapter, followed the exploration of the Earth, sea voyages, and increasing international trade.Rum became a standard daily ration on British Navy vessels, and because they pledged it with bread and lime juice, the sailors gave up getting scurvy. The French sailors, who still drank brandy every day, were more scurvy prone, and Standage attributes some of the Royal Navy’s success to the disappearance of scurvy. Coffee is important in terms of the Enlightenment and waking up a population that drank beer, vino, and liquor all the time. Once coffee’s popularity took hold, and people could drink something that didn’t make them inebriated and actually gave them energy and focus, coffeehouses turned into meccas of discovery, discussion, business and science. One time they got their hands on some of the real plants and started cultivation in India, the British East India Company became a very powerful entity in the region with armies, government-like powers, and a huge influence on Parliament.And Coke brings you to the present, where corporations, branding, globalization, and the relationship between business and government can be explored in an interesting way through the development of Coca-Cola.It’s all fascinating, I’d encourage anyone to take it.The contextual treatment of world history was very well taken in instance, his explanation of the actual reasons Bostonians held the Boston Tea Party would make certain parts of the conservative movement think twice about their ideological mascot the Tea Act was actually a move to lower taxes but also gave the British East India Company a monopoly to export tea to the colonies. The Tea Party is more of a lesson in the dangers of ties between government and business than a pat anti-tax catchphrase. You’ll never appear at your glass, mug, bottle, or tumbler the same room ever again.

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