Throughout human history certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history. Becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirit, coffee, tea, and cola.
Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In effect the higher your rank in civilization the more beer you were paid. This without them made a class system in which people were placed. Wine
In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. In effect Greek traders and colonists spread knowledge of its cultivation. Introducing wine to many places also vine cultivation was introduced to many places.
Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration. Fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. In effect explorers were reaching farther routes, and establishing links to new lands. Also opening up the world’s sea routes and help in finding faster routes to a destination. Coffee
Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason. When coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. In effect new pioneers and scientist challenged old certainties of Greek philosophy. It also became the destination for the latest newsletter, and to strike business deals.
And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea; it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. In effect its foreign trades with America where cut off and buy somewhere else but...
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