A History Of The World In Six 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.

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.

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.

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.

Uncommon Knowledge

Uncommon Knowledge
  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release : 2019-11-07
  • ISBN : 1782835989
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

The world can be an amazing place if you know the right questions to ask: How did carrots become orange? What's stopping us from having a four-day week? How can we remove all the broken bits of satellite from orbit? If everything is so terrible, why is the global suicide rate falling? The keen minds of the Economist love to look beyond everyday appearances to find out what really makes things tick. In this latest collection of The Economist Explains, they have gathered together the juiciest fruits of their never-ending quest for answers. For an uncommonly interesting read, take a peek at some Uncommon Knowledge - and pass it on! The world only gets more amazing when discoveries are shared.

Fear of Food

Fear of Food
  • Author : Harvey Levenstein
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2012-03-08
  • ISBN : 0226473740
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

A food historian reveals the people and interests that have created and exploited food worries over the years, questioning these "experts" in order to free Americans from the fears that cloud our food choices.

The Neptune File

The Neptune File
  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2000
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

The Neptune File tells the story of the gifted mathematician John Couch Adams and the discovery of the planet Neptune in 1846. Combining scientific triumph with international controversy, this is an intriguing tale of the search for an unseen planet, and the uproar it caused. More than just an intriguing historical yarn, Adam's work signified the beginning of a new era of planet hunting by providing astronomers with a powerful tool with which to search for new worlds. It marked the genesis of the idea that astronomers could find new planets by looking for their telltale gravitational influence on other bodies, rather than observing them directly with telescopes. In recent years this approach has led to an extraordinary series of discoveries - today's planet detectives are relying on a technique whose theoretical foundations were laid by their nineteenth-century predecessors.

The Victorian Internet

The Victorian Internet
  • Author : Tom Standage
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2018-08-14
  • ISBN : 1635573963
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

A new edition of the first book by the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses-the fascinating story of the telegraph, the world's first "Internet," which revolutionized the nineteenth century even more than the Internet has the twentieth and twenty first. The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.