A History Of The World In 6 Glasses

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A History of the World in Six Glasses

A History of the World in Six Glasses
  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Release : 2010-01-08
  • ISBN : 0307375110
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Whatever your favourite tipple, when you pour yourself a drink, you have the past in a glass. You can likely find them all in your own kitchen — beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, cola. Line them up on the counter, and there you have it: thousands of years of human history in six drinks. Tom Standage opens a window onto the past in this tour of six beverages that remain essentials today. En route he makes fascinating forays into the byways of western culture: Why were ancient Egyptians buried with beer? Why was wine considered a “classier” drink than beer by the Romans? How did rum grog help the British navy defeat Napoleon? What is the relationship between coffee and revolution? And how did Coca-Cola become the number one poster-product for globalization decades before the term was even coined? From the Hardcover edition.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses
  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2009-05-26
  • ISBN : 0802718590
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

The New York Times Bestseller “There aren't many books this entertaining that also provide a cogent crash course in ancient, classical and modern history.” -Los Angeles Times Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola: In Tom Standage's deft, innovative account of world history, these six beverages turn out to be much more than just ways to quench thirst. They also represent six eras that span the course of civilization-from the adoption of agriculture, to the birth of cities, to the advent of globalization. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century through each epoch's signature refreshment. As Standage persuasively argues, each drink is in fact a kind of technology, advancing culture and catalyzing the intricate interplay of different societies. After reading this enlightening book, you may never look at your favorite drink in quite the same way again.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses
  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2006-05-16
  • ISBN : 0802715524
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

An offbeat history of the world traces the story of humankind from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century from the perspective of six different drinks--beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola--describing their pervasive influence during pivotal eras of world history, from humankind's adoption of agriculture to the advent of globalization. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall
  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2013-10-15
  • ISBN : 162040284X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

From the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses, the story of social media from ancient Rome to the Arab Spring and beyond. Social media is anything but a new phenomenon. From the papyrus letters that Cicero and other Roman statesmen used to exchange news, to the hand-printed tracts of the Reformation and the pamphlets that spread propaganda during the American and French revolutions, the ways people shared information with their peers in the past are echoed in the present. Standage reminds us how historical social networks have much in common with modern social media. The Catholic Church's dilemmas in responding to Martin Luther's attacks are similar to those of today's large institutions in responding to criticism on the Internet, for example, and seventeenth-century complaints about the distractions of coffeehouses mirror modern concerns about social media. Invoking figures from Thomas Paine to Vinton Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet, Standage explores themes that have long been debated, from the tension between freedom of expression and censorship to social media's role in spurring innovation and fomenting revolution. Writing on the Wall draws on history to cast provocative new light on today's social media and encourages debate and discussion about how we'll communicate in the future.

An Edible History of Humanity

An Edible History of Humanity
  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2009-07-01
  • ISBN : 0802719821
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses charts an enlightening history of humanity through the foods we eat. Throughout history, food has done more than simply provide sustenance. It has acted as a tool of social transformation, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is an account of how food has helped to shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of farming in China by 7,500 BCE to today's use of sugar cane and corn to make ethanol. Food has been a kind of technology, a tool that has changed the course of human progress. It helped to found, structure, and connect together civilizations worldwide, and to build empires and bring about a surge in economic development through industrialization. Food has been employed as a military and ideological weapon. And today, in the culmination of a process that has been going on for thousands of years, the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development and the adoption of new technologies. Drawing from many fields including genetics, archaeology, anthropology, ethno-botany and economics, the story of these food-driven transformations is a fully satisfying account of the whole of human history.

A History of the World in Six Glasses

A History of the World in Six Glasses
  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Release : 2006
  • ISBN : 0385660871
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. Six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.

Glass

Glass
  • Author : Alan Macfarlane,Gerry Martin
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2002-10-01
  • ISBN : 9780226500287
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

The role of glass in shaping the world's history, art, and scientific achievement is made plain in this fascinating study of a ubiquitous yet absolutely essential manmade substance. (History)

And a Bottle of Rum, Revised and Updated

And a Bottle of Rum, Revised and Updated
  • Author : Wayne Curtis
  • Publisher : Broadway Books
  • Release : 2018-06-05
  • ISBN : 0525575030
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Now revised, updated, and with new recipes, And a Bottle of Rum tells the raucously entertaining story of this most American of liquors From the grog sailors drank on the high seas in the 1700s to the mojitos of Havana bar hoppers, spirits and cocktail columnist Wayne Curtis offers a history of rum and the Americas alike, revealing that the homely spirit once distilled from the industrial waste of the booming sugar trade has managed to infiltrate every stratum of New World society. Curtis takes us from the taverns of the American colonies, where rum delivered both a cheap wallop and cash for the Revolution; to the plundering pirate ships off the coast of Central America; to the watering holes of pre-Castro Cuba; and to the kitsch-laden tiki bars of 1950s America. Here are sugar barons and their armies conquering the Caribbean, Paul Revere stopping for a nip during his famous ride, Prohibitionists marching against "demon rum," Hemingway fattening his liver with Havana daiquiris, and today's bartenders reviving old favorites like Planter's Punch. In an age of microbrewed beer and single-malt whiskeys, rum--once the swill of the common man--has found its way into the tasting rooms of the most discriminating drinkers. Complete with cocktail recipes for would-be epicurean time-travelers, this is history at its most intoxicating.

Glass

Glass
  • Author : David Whitehouse
  • Publisher : Smithsonian Inst Press
  • Release : 2012
  • ISBN : 1588343243
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

"A concise history of glassmaking around the world, from Mesopotamia to the present day"--