History Of The World In Six Glasses By Tom Standage

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In the book A History of the World in Six Glasses, the author Tom Standage, travels through time along the history of six different beverages. He devotes each section to a specific drink and provides its background and origin, revealing how most all of them were first used for medicinal purposes before they were used recreationally. Along with this, Standage describes significant historic events of civilization, oppression, intellect, imperialism, and globalization, and boldly states that the events were enabled by the birth of one of the six beverages.
Standage first reveals the historic background of beer and then begins with how farming was first developed. He says that beer was really discovered by accident rather than created for a purpose.
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It created the first use for writing. The earliest forms of writing were found to record the beverage’s ingredients and exchange of bread, grain, and beer. With its growth, it was also the source of agriculture, trade, and health; which goes hand in hand with the meaning of civilization.
Wine is hypothesized to have been created in modern day Northern Iran and Armenia during the Neolithic period. The development of wine then spread into Roman and Greek society. It was first a symbol of higher status in the social pyramid because of its lack of abundance, as it represented intelligence and sophistication. Then when wine expanded into the Greek society, it became more available. The Greek not only used wine as something to consume parties and in Church, but it was also something that was used to clean wounds and another drink safer than water.
Standage makes the claim that wine was equal to civilization and modification. Because wine had become so available in Greece, the distinction of the brand and age of wine would represent one’s social status and how cultured one was; older wines were preferred to the younger wines. The way that one behaved after drinking wine was another matter of importance, as it was seen as “the mirror of the

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