Another interesting tidbit concerned the importance of tea to the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the 18th and 19th century. The popularity in Europe was immense; official imports had grown from around six tons in 1699 to eleven thousand tons a century later. My dusty old school history books were enough to turn off all but the most inspired historian, and especially unappealing to girls with their emphasis on battles. As well as offering safer alternatives to contaminated, disease. Assignments on The History of the World in Six Glasses Illustrated Journal: There are five key themes that emerge for each drink.
Bottling plants were set up on military sites in foreign countries to satisfy the needs of the soldiers. The small, clay tokens used for records are known as the first grounds for present day accounting, writing, and bureaucracy. Curtis takes us from the taverns of the American colonies, 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. Use entire chapter to answer this Spirits strengthened the slave trade. This section contains 690 words approx. The six, in rough order of their era of greatest influence, are beer, wine, whiskey, coffee, tea, and cola.
It was one of the reasons that other countries wanted to be like America. I just wish the author would have invested more time in a more comprehensive picture. How have various drinks helped shape human history? The six beverages mentioned are able to be divided up by social, political, and economical aspects. The water was not purified so often made people sick. As urban water supplies became contaminated, beer also became a safer drink. Cities, regions, rivers, mountains, deserts, plateaus, seas, oceans. Coffee beans were treated before being shipped to ensure they were sterile and could not be used to seed new coffee plants; foreigners were excluded from coffee-producing areas.
The French sailors, who still drank brandy every day, were more scurvy prone, and Standage attributes some of the Royal Navy's successes to the disappearance of scurvy. Tea was spread with Dutch doctors stating that tea was medical and could help people who were ill. It was even better than coffee, because of its anti-bacterial properties which meant that even boiling the water had some help. As early as the 16th century in the Middle East, coffeehouses were known as places of gossip. And he points out that the workers who built Egypt's pyramids were paid in beer.
Coca Cola represents the historical trend of the past century towards increased globalization, and its history raises reader awareness of global processes of industrialization, mass transportation, mass consumerism, global capitalism, conflict, the Cold war, and ideological battles. Molasses was used in rum production. I'm confident that, if you consider yourself an aficionado in any of the six beverages - beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, or Coca-Cola - you'll find Standage's coverage sweeping, but inadequate. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage is a non-fiction historical novel, whose main purpose is to show the surprisingly pervasive influence of certain drinks on the course of history. This can only be viewed as a surface history of the world, but as far as surface stories go, it's pretty interesting.
The title is a bit hyperbolic. Seriously, I want a full rewrite with a different author because I don't know how you take so tremendously focused an idea as tracing world civilization through its dominant beverages beverages mind you that I have a close and deeply personal relationship with and turn it into the kind of prose that I'm more familiar with from middle school history textbooks. Cities, regions Fertile Crescent , rivers, mountains, deserts, plateaus, seas, oceans. When a pharmacist mixed the coca leaf with the kola nut and water, a dark fizzy liquid emerged. As Tom Standage states, we can live without food for quite a while, but will die very soon of fluid deprivation.
Widespread illness makes countries less productive, more dependent on outside aid, and less able to lift themselves out of poverty. I enjoyed it, and if you like learning history in a slightly different way, you may as well. Coke remained popular throughout the first third of the 20th century, despite competition from Pepsi and the onset of the Great Depression. Standage jumps ahead to the dawn of the Age of Imperialism, in the 1400s. After the discovery of rum, it soon became the drink of choice in the colonies because it was inexpensive. They were not protected from the disease.
The disagreement over whiskey exercise showed a deeper divide over the balance of power between the states and the federal government. By the time of the Industrial Revolution the period in the 19th century when European countries discovered and popularized inventions like the steam engine , tea was the most popular drink in Britain. I can maintain and expand this website only with your help. Disclaimer: The use of this book as a summer reading assignment in no way represents any endorsement by Naples High School of the use or misuse of any of these beverages, alcoholic, caffeinated, or otherwise. You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again. The story goes that he was so enchanted by its taste and aroma that he approved its consumption by Christians. The marketing of tea and tea paraphernalia provided additional evidence of the emergence of consumerism in England.