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Ap World Book Report. a History of 6 Glasses

  • Submitted by: CallieBrooke
  • on January 3, 2013
  • Category: History
  • Length: 501 words

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Callie Pawlowski

A History of the World in 6 Glasses
Tom Standage

In A History of the World in 6 Glasses, it shows how different drinks can make an impact and change cultures. People used to worship the drinks that are now around us every day. Some drinks showed social classes and importance such as wine. Others showed the way to industrial improvements and raising power by making money, as tea did for Great Britain. The key drinks that this book was about were beer, wine, sprits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola. Beer was made in a place called Mesopotamia between 10,000 and 4,000 BCE.   Beer was crucial in the arrangement of some cultures and economy, or people were paid in beer in return of work. The next drink is Wine; Wine was mostly used in religious ceremonies and for people higher in the social classes.   Greece and Rome were to be the home of wine, where it was most popular. Wine was the simple of wealth, and the older the type the wealthier you were.   Sprits meaning rum and other hard liquors were a symbol of exploration. Sailors and other men drank these liquors when traveling across the ocean or for just getting drunk. Next is Coffee; coffee was made about 1000 A.D in Arabian peninsulas. To Arabs coffee was the healthier way to drink alcohol. Then tea, which was used in daily life in China before England used it to get more money and greater power. Last is Coca-Cola; this soft drink is a symbol of the United States. This drink made America part of the super power countries. These are the drinks that helped changed cultures and made an impact.

I believe that the author of this book is trying to tell the readers that any little thing can change a whole society. I think this because he uses different drinks to show how they built cultures around the drinks. For example Tom Standage uses wine to show how Rome and Greece make rituals and ceremonies around the important drink. Next, Standage uses tea to show the relationship between Britain and the...

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