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As a new student of a world history class I was required to read Tom Standages bestseller A History of the World in 6 Glasses Standage descriptively and creatively shows the history of the world in a different point of view from that of which we are used to He begins by starting in the Neolithic period with a crucial staple beer From beer wine and spirits to coffee tea and Coca-Cola the novel shows the history and importance of these six drinks I can say in all honestly that when first beginning to read this book it seemed dull and repetitive After giving more of an open mind I soon discovered how fascinating and informative Standages well-documented account of history really was In A History of the World in 6 Glasses a readers take on history is flipped upside down by showing that these six drinks have done more than quenched thirst since their discoveries The first foodstuff staple and game changing drink to be introduced is beer Beer was more stumbled upon rather than intentionally made and in the beginning years was considered to be magic since no one understood the process of fermentation Persons of different social class age race and gender consumed beer the widespread consumption of beer through the people of Mesopotamia and Egypt further progressed domestication of grains and farming as a whole Beer was a contributing factory to many forerunners of important innovations and changes to the typical way of life Due to the fact that the cereal grain used to make beer was becoming domesticated farming methods and equipment were discovered to help speedup the beer making process As a staple to both rich and poor it only makes sense that beer soon transformed into a social drink religious offering and also a form of payment or trade At the time it was widely known that water was usually dangerous to drink but the reasons for
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