Your history summer assignment is to read A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage.
This 240-page book is available in — major bookstore, online booksellers, for the Kindle, IPad, and the Nook. I have also provided links below to free .pdf files and an audio book, though both formats are cumbersome.
This assignment will give you an overview of the time periods, regions, and cultural customs within much of world history.
Disclaimer: The use of this book as a summer reading assignment in no way represents any endorsement by Scotlandville Magnet High School or of Mr. Leverett of the use or misuse of any of these beverages, alcoholic, caffeinated, or otherwise. The book merely offers an innovative and interesting perspective to initiate our year-long discussion of world history. See below for optional assingments if needed.
- Introduction — “Vital Fluids”
- Chapters 1 and 2: “Beer in Mesopotamia and Egypt”
- Chapters 3 and 4: “Wine in Greece and Rome”
- Chapter 5 and 6: “Spirits in the Colonial Period”
- Chapters 7 and 8: “Coffee in the Age of Reason”
- Chapters 9 and 10: “Tea and the British Empire”
- Chapters 11 and 12: “Coca-Cola and the Rise of America”
- Epilogue — “Back to the Source”
If you choose to read as .pdf files, you can use the iAnnotate application to comment and mark up, just as you could an ebook or real book.
Video files along with notes are available for review. Credit goes to David Duez, AP World History teacher in Kingwood, Texas, for creating entertaining screencasts for each drink (Notes, too). Very helpful.
Even though we have chosen this title purposefully, there are other alternatives available. Here are two alternatives and appropriate assignments for each
- A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World by William J. Bernstein — Focuses on regional and world trade as a theme.
- An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage — An analysis by the same author, but with a focus on food as a theme for viewing historical change
- An Edible History of Humanity on PDF PDF file available for downloading on phone or tablet.
Podcasts on An Edible History of Humanity