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Sechs Getränke, die die Welt bewegten (2005)

von Tom STANDAGE

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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 twenty-first century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, 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 ancient Greece, wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. 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. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe, they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization. For Tom Standage, each drink is a different kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite beverage the same way again.… (mehr)
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And interesting primer on the history of the world through popular drinks. A fast read that really makes you think about your favorite drinks in a new way. ( )
  Carmentalie | Jun 4, 2022 |
While not the most engaging of history books, this is generally well written, and some sections do stand out, such as the real story of the birth of Coca Cola and, much more importantly, the shameful (mostly for the British) links between tea and opium and between rum and slavery. Listening will make you thirsty for something, no doubt. ( )
  datrappert | Mar 12, 2022 |
"When you next raise some beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, or Coca Cola to your lips, think about how it reached you -- across space and time. And remember that it contains more than mere alcohol or caffeine; there is history, too, amid its swirling depths." Coffee is for geniuses, tea will cure every possible ill (but wreak havoc on international relations), and Coke is simulacra. This book's fascinating and fun (and not as cheesy as its conclusion; but mmmm, cheese). It's intriguing to consider politics, economics, technology, and social development through focus on a single (category of) artifact. I enjoyed the audio version. ( )
  rinila | Feb 25, 2022 |
يقدم الكتاب نظرة على تاريخ البشرية من خلال عدسة غير عادية: المشروبات المفضلة. حيث يوجز الأدوار التي لعبتها كل من البيرة والنبيذ والمشروبات الروحية والشاي والقهوة والمشروبات الغازية في التطورات التاريخية الكبرى عندما أخذت بالانتشار في جميع أنحاء العالم. ( )
  TonyDib | Jan 28, 2022 |
I don't think I learnt much about the world's history, but it was very interesting to learn about the history of these drinks. ( )
  Nannus | Jan 17, 2022 |
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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 twenty-first century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, 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 ancient Greece, wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. 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. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe, they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization. For Tom Standage, each drink is a different kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite beverage the same way again.

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