Initially, the world and society featured various practices that today we may perceive as being barbaric and outdated. The new drink of coffee, and the shops in the City of London where it was sold became the furnaces of the financial revolution. The British define themselves as tea-drinkers, as do the Chinese. Though, the independence of the United States — as everybody knows — is much more related to another drink. In fact, every one of the six drinks was considered for both their positive and negative effects on society. They also developed important technology like pottery, the wheel, and writing. What happened as a result of the Russian Revolution? Even more: the French Revolution started in the coffeehouses of Paris.
And the continuation of wine throughout the Middle Ages. How did the use of wine in Roman culture differ from that of ancient Greece? Both tea and Coca-Cola were comparable by their popularity and market distribution throughout the world. There was never a certain reason for the switch to farming. I enjoyed it, and if you like learning history in a slightly different way, you may as well. Spirits were popular on long ocean voyages because they were both more compact and less likely to spoil than other alcoholic drinks. The water was not purified so often made people sick.
Tea had started in China but soon spread to Europe where it was consumed by almost everyone. How did the use of wine in Roman culture differ from that of ancient Greece? Even Coca-Cola, widely seen as a standard-bearer of global business. And finally there is Coca-Cola, originally a patent medicine made by a man who promulgated a lot of them, and urgently needed a temperance one -- without alcohol. After the discovery of rum, it soon became the drink of choice in the colonies because it was inexpensive. One problem is that the flip side of the cleverness of the gimmick is that all sorts of beverages are left out. In ancient Greece, wine became the main export of a vast seaborne trade, helping to spread Greek culture abroad. After the American Revolution and the establishment of the United States of America, rum became less popular, replaced by other distilled alcohols like whiskey made from fermented cereal grains and bourbon made from the fermentation of corn.
Others go so far as to say that agriculture was adopted by other societies largely because farming could make a large supply of beer. The judge ruled that it was not a contaminant because it was part of the recipe. Rum played a big part in the slave trade and, as an aside, he throws in the Whiskey Rebellion, a little-known sequel to the American Revolution. The Chinese stranglehold on tea production and insistence on Westerners buying it with silver, not trading it for Western goods, led to the creation of the opium trade from India that eventually destabilized China in the 19th century, which last through the 20th century until the rise of Communism. Especially those who want to read about the events they already know — from a different perspective. 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.
This is a fast, fun read, if for no other reason than it offers relatively compact, easy to digest! Tens of thousands of years ago, early humans foraging in small bands had to remain near rivers, springs and lakes in order to ensure an adequate supply of fresh water, since storing or carrying it was impractical. How many people have no access to safe water today? The popularity in Europe was immense; official imports had grown from around six tons in 1699 to eleven thousand tons a century later. Brilliant marketing can be credited with Coca-Cola being seen as a valued part of American culture. And when drinking alcohol in a social setting, the clinking of glasses symbolically reunites the glasses into a single vessel of shared liquid. Deprived of food, you might survive for a few weeks, but deprived of liquid refreshment, you would be lucky to last more than a few days. Half a century later — it still is. It was truly the defining drink of these first great civilizations.
This got recommended at Lunacon at more than one panel I was at. How did Coca-Cola materialize into an American value? Abandoned by her parents -- a drunken street singer for a mother and a. Beer is a surprisingly old beverage, with roots in early human agriculture. Although many books have explored human history through the lens of a singular foodstuff, few have used beverages. It takes you through 6 chapters dedicated to: beer, wine, distilled spirits, coffee, tea, and Coke.
I know it sounds like a weird and random assortment, but the author makes it work. In any case, the prevalence of beer among ancient societies, and its place in ancient rituals and religious ceremonies, proves that beer was an important part of life thousands of years ago. Beer was an essential part of their life, and. The basic idea along with a thumbnail of each is laid out in the introduction pretty well. Earphones Award winner and Audie Award-winning producer Sean Runnette does a terrific job of letting beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola speak for themselves. Perhaps the key drink of the Enlightenment, according to Standage, was coffee. Coffee started in Arab lands, was brought East by traders, and then coffeehouses became all the rage, and had something to do with such diverse things as Newton's Theory of Gravity and the French Revolution.
It was because of contaminated water and wine. In short, I had no idea that these main six world drinks seven if you include water, which is talked about briefly but well Such an enjoyable read. Clean water access has both started wars and created treaties sometimes when the countries were still at war with each other. Fortunately, the pyramids came out straight. Another interesting tidbit concerned the importance of tea to the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the 18th and 19th century.