Change And Continuity Over Time Essay

1653 Words Aug 30th, 2015 7 Pages
David Timmerman Global History 2 Honors
Change and Continuity over Time Essay

For many centuries of human history, clean water was a luxury that was difficult to find. That was a problem, considering the fact that humans need water to survive. So, a large part of humanity’s advancements were spurred by a desire to have clean beverages to drink. From the dawn of civilization until today, six of these beverages have advanced civilizations in subtle, yet powerful, ways. These six drinks are beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Each one was a hallmark of a different era of civilization. Beer was the defining drink of the ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of civilized society. The Fertile Crescent extends from Egypt to the western portion of modern Iran, and, as its name would indicate, had rich soil. The principal crop and trading good of the area was wheat, and a surplus of wheat allowed for a fledgling village to sustain a higher population. This wheat was also a key ingredient in the production of beer, so the same surplus of wheat that allowed villages to grow also allowed more beer to be made. As such, beer and early civilization were intrinsically linked. Due to the low amount of potable water, beer was also the safest beverage at the time. All of these factors made beer extremely important to the civilizations of the Fertile Crescent. In fact, in Egypt and Mesopotamia, beer was even a standard wage, the drink of the working man.…

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