By Tom Standage

ISBN-10: 0307375110

ISBN-13: 9780307375117

All through human historical past, yes 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 heritage, turning into the defining drink in the course of a pivotal old interval.

A heritage of the realm in 6 Glasses tells the tale of humanity from the Stone Age to the twenty first century during the lens of beer, wine, spirits, espresso, tea, and cola. Beer was once first made within the Fertile Crescent and through 3000 B.C.E. used to be so vital to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was once used to pay wages. In old Greece wine grew to become the most export of her significant seaborne exchange, supporting unfold Greek tradition out of the country. Spirits equivalent to brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on lengthy voyages and oiling the pernicious slave alternate. even supposing espresso originated within the Arab international, it stoked progressive inspiration in Europe throughout the Age of cause, while coffeehouses turned facilities of highbrow alternate. And countless numbers of years after the chinese language begun consuming tea, it grew to become specially well known in Britain, with far-reaching results on British international coverage. eventually, although carbonated beverages have been invented in 18th-century Europe they grew to become a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola specifically is the top image of globalization.

For Tom Standage, each one drink is one of those know-how, a catalyst for advancing tradition wherein he demonstrates the complicated interaction of alternative civilizations. you'll by no means examine your favourite drink an analogous method back.

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