A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage is not the typical history read that one might expect. To some who find reading history books quite tedious and overwhelming, this book is for you. Standage divides his book into 6 main sections via beverages: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Coffee, Tea and Coca-Cola. These drinks, which all started as a form of medicine, not only have great affects on today’s social culture but have also affected the historical spread of technology, religion, exploration, trade, slavery, and noteworthy worldwide events that changed society. As Standage describes it, Beer was a representation of both liquid wealth and health during the early civilizations in Egypt and Mesopotamia.
The book “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” by Tom Standage was a interesting book and view in to the history of the alcoholic drinks that helped shaped the world as we know it. The first to chapters assigned were beer, wine, and spirits, where each chapter had information that grabbed the attention of the reader. In areas that grabbed my attention was the history of how beer was discovered, where wine was discovered to have purifying properties, and where spirits were associated with slavery. There were also parts of the three chapters where I thought the author could have added more even information. In areas that could have had more even information were in the chapter about beer was mainly on how it was made rather than used.
Speakeasies were businesses that sold illegal liquor. The gang leaders opened nightclubs with the best bands, talented dancers and lots of illegal alcohol. The name ‘speakeasy’ originated from the fact that people had to ‘keep it on the low down’ when talking about these illegal pubs yet the people who attended these speakeasies were not shy to be seen there. They were sometimes raided by police and the owners and people who attended were arrested, but speakeasies were so profitable that they continued to thrive. Due to the implementation of prohibition, some speakeasies ensured that the people drank illegal liquor from tea cups, in the event of a police raid.
A History of the World in 6 Glasses Did you know if you went more than a few days without providing your body with fluids you could possibly die? In the book A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage, world history can be divided into 6 different beverages that chart the flow of world history; beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Not only are drinks vital for our health drinks have played a variety of roles in history. Yes, we do consume drinks to quench our thirst, but they have provided humans over the past ten thousand years with social status, currency, celebration, and so much more. The type of drink you drank whether it is wine or beer could determine if you were of the elite.
Bootleggers became a profitable source of income for many and as a result they gained enormous power. Many bootleggers would bribe high political figures, securing there illegal business. People started buying alcohol in the black market and in pubs called “speakeasies”.As the prohibition era went on, fewer and fewer people were controlling the money made by bootlegging. Prohibition was apart of the Eighteenth amendment that prohibited the manufacture sale production of alcohol but not consumption or possession. Prohibition supporters, called “dries”, present it as a victory for public morals and health.
The Atlantic slave exchange or transoceanic slave exchange included the transportation by slave merchants of subjugated African individuals, for the most part from Africa to the Americas, and afterward their deal there. The slave exchange utilized essentially the triangular exchange course and its Center Section, and existed from the sixteenth to the nineteen hundreds of years. Most by far of the individuals who were oppressed and transported in the transoceanic slave exchange were Africans from focal and western Africa, who had been sold by other West Africans to Western European slave dealers, who conveyed them to the Americas. The South Atlantic and Caribbean economies particularly were subject to the supply of secure work for the generation
1. The use of wine differed from beer in ancient Greece and Rome because beer was for the common people and wine for the high society people. Beer was used as a source of barter and was considered an important food source. 2. Greeks used wine because it was their drink of choice when the water quality couldn 't be guaranteed, a social lubricant, used in games at gatherings, and for making vinegar.
People flocked to his parties because they were not only lavish, but flowing with free liquor. Nick also mentions that in one section that he is drunk for the first time in years, likely because he didn’t have easy access to liquor. Those are just some of the surface things. One could make a case that the whole attitude of the book was influenced by the Prohibition. The citizens seem free to do whatever they want, in that they throw ridiculous parties and throw many fits and tantrums that can turn violent.
In general, Prohibition was enforced much more strongly in areas where the population was sympathetic to the legislation mainly rural areas and small towns and much more loosely in urban areas. The prohibition was also very difficult to enforce because the local police and commissionaires were receiving very lucrative bribes for they not to prosecute the bootleggers. Despite very early signs of success, including a decline in arrests for drunkenness and a reported 30 percent drop in alcohol consumption, those who wanted to keep drinking found ever-more inventive ways to do it. The illegal manufacturing and sale of liquor, also known as “bootlegging”, went on throughout the decade, along with the operation of “speakeasies”, nightclubs selling alcohol, the smuggling of alcohol across state lines and the informal production of liquor “moonshine” or “bathtub gin”, in private homes. This practice proved to be very dangerous because the level of alcohol was very high and that it could contain ethanol a dangerous type of alcohol that can be deadly.
Tom Standage’s book “A History of the World in 6 Glasses”, showed how six varied drinks can have drastic effects on human civilization. Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola all have helped mold the world into what it is today, and though the marks of alcoholic and caffeinated drinks are different, there are similarities between them as well. With their effects on the body being polar opposites, alcohol and caffeine impacted economies differently, and even influenced the U.S. in their own distinctive ways. One thing they both share however is their impact on ancient medicine, giving way to decreased disease and increased population. Alcohol was first consumed as beer in ancient Sumeria when growing wheat and barley became popular.
England wanted to land in the Americas because they believed that it had the same type of climate as the Mediterranean. Rum played an important role in the American Revolution because it was the only alcohol that the settlers would have. People turned to whisky and left rum because of the importation and taxing that came with it whereas whisky could be made there. Sugar and rum became an important import because it was needed in order to produce other things such as Whisky. Whisky began to be taxed in attempt to increase the income of money.
Aqua vitae’s proponents believed it could preserve youth, Could be a drink or applied externally to affect the part of the body. Dashee/bizy: It soon became customary for Europeans to present large quantities of alcohol as a gift before beginning negotiations with African tribes. The Europeans and Africans conversed in a pidgin language so they can get strong liquor .Following the invention of a powerful new drink made from the waste products of the sugar-production process itself. That drink was