Download A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage PDF

By Tom Standage

All through human heritage, convinced beverages have performed even more than simply quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and beauty, six of them have had a shockingly pervasive effect at the process historical past, changing into the defining drink in the course of a pivotal historic interval.

A heritage of the area in 6 Glasses tells the tale of humanity from the Stone Age to the twenty first century throughout the lens of beer, wine, spirits, espresso, tea, and cola. Beer used to be first made within the Fertile Crescent and by means of 3000 B.C.E. was once so vital to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was once used to pay wages. In historic Greece wine grew to become the most export of her big seaborne alternate, aiding unfold Greek tradition in another country. Spirits resembling brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on lengthy voyages and oiling the pernicious slave alternate. even though espresso originated within the Arab global, it stoked progressive proposal in Europe in the course of the Age of cause, whilst coffeehouses grew to become facilities of highbrow alternate. And hundreds of thousands of years after the chinese language started consuming tea, it turned particularly renowned in Britain, with far-reaching results on British international coverage. ultimately, notwithstanding carbonated beverages have been invented in 18th-century Europe they grew to become a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola particularly is the best image of globalization.

For Tom Standage, each one drink is a type of know-how, a catalyst for advancing tradition in which he demonstrates the complex interaction of other civilizations. you'll by no means examine your favourite drink an identical approach back.

Show description

Read Online or Download A History of the World in 6 Glasses PDF

Best history books

The Barbarians Speak: How the Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe.

The Barbarians converse re-creates the tale of Europe's indigenous those that have been approximately from historic reminiscence at the same time they followed and remodeled elements of Roman tradition. The Celts and Germans inhabiting temperate Europe sooner than the arriving of the Romans left no written checklist in their lives and have been frequently brushed off as "barbarians" through the Romans who conquered them. money owed through Julius Caesar and a handful of different Roman and Greek writers might lead us to imagine that ahead of touch with the Romans, ecu natives had a lot easier political platforms, smaller settlements, no evolving social identities, and they practiced human sacrifice. A extra actual, subtle photograph of the indigenous humans emerges, besides the fact that, from the archaeological continues to be of the Iron Age. right here Peter Wells brings jointly details that has belonged to the area of experts and permits the overall reader to percentage within the pleasure of rediscovering a "lost humans. " In so doing, he's the 1st to marshal fabric facts in a broad-scale exam of the reaction by means of the Celts and Germans to the Roman presence of their lands.

The contemporary discovery of huge pre-Roman settlements all through principal and western Europe has in basic terms started to teach simply how complicated local ecu societies have been prior to the conquest. Remnants of partitions, bone fragments, pottery, jewellery, and cash inform a lot approximately such actions as farming, alternate, and non secular ritual of their groups; items stumbled on at gravesites make clear the richly assorted lives of people. Wells explains that the presence--or absence--of Roman impression between those artifacts unearths more than a few attitudes towards Rome at specific occasions, from enthusiastic attractiveness between city elites to inventive resistance between rural population. In attention-grabbing element, Wells exhibits that those societies did develop extra cosmopolitan lower than Roman career, yet that the folks have been even more than passive beneficiaries; in lots of situations they helped ensure the results of Roman army and political tasks. This publication is right away a provocative, replacement studying of Roman heritage and a catalyst for overturning long-standing assumptions approximately nonliterate and indigenous societies.

Wheeled Vehicle and Ridden Animals in the Ancient Near East

cars — History.
Draft animals — History.

Series:

Handbuch der Orientalistik. Siebente Abteilung, Kunst und Archäologie ; 1. Bd. , 2. Abschnitt, B, Lfg. 1.

The French Revolution, 1789-1799

This booklet presents a succinct but updated and demanding method of the French Revolution of 1789-1799 and its effects. Peter McPhee offers an obtainable and trustworthy evaluation and one that intentionally introduces scholars to significant debates between historians. The ebook has major goals. One objective is to contemplate the origins and nature of the Revolution of 1789-99.

Access to History: Britain 1900-51

This name covers the major financial, political and social problems with the interval. It specializes in the altering fortunes of the political events on the time and the ways that they have been tormented by the affects of the 2 international wars. The pressures for social reform during the interval also are analysed.

Extra resources for A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Sample text

This latter incident could refer to the campaign of Artaxerxes in 343 BC or possibly to that of Cambyses in 525 BC, or else to some more minor skirmish that occurred between the two powers. In lists recording payment for foreign women to be admitted into Minaean society (M 392–98) there are thirty-two mentions of Gaza, a city that enjoyed great prosperity and fame during the Persian period (539–334 BC). One Minaean trader died in Egypt and inscribed on his sarcophagus that ‘he imported myrrh and calamus for the temples of the gods of Egypt’ (M 338).

They stationed a small garrison for a time on the island of Ikaros. And Ikadion, a high-up official close to Seleucus II (246–226 BC) wrote a letter to its inhabitants and their representative about the transfer of a local sanctuary and reported that ‘the king is concerned about the island of Ikaros’. 147), ‘the coast from Charax onwards was explored for king [Antiochus] Epiphanes [175–164 BC]’. But, like Alexander before them, they established no permanent presence, and while the peoples and polities of the Gulf were in touch with the Greek world, exchanging goods and ideas, they nevertheless remained outside its boundaries.

His personal motive was probably to better Alexander the Great, who had long fascinated him and who had once boasted to his tutor, in vain, that he would conquer the incense-producing lands. To this end Augustus dispatched in 26 BC the commander Aelius Gallus: to explore the tribes and the places, not only in Arabia, but also in Ethiopia, since Caesar saw that the Troglodyte country which adjoins Egypt neighbours upon Arabia, and also that the Arabian Gulf, which separates the Arabs from the Troglodytes, is extremely narrow.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.32 of 5 – based on 5 votes