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  • 1. McCarley
Bejarano August
12,
2010 Honors
English Summer
Reading A
History
of
the
World
in
6
Glasses: Standage’s
Claim Standage’s
overall
claim
is
that
drinks
have
had
a
large
affect
on
human
history,
and
they
conHnue
to
shape
the
future.
 Throughout
the
book
Standage
seems
to
just
be
giving
facts
about
each
drink,
but
he
is
also
relaHng
them
to
one
another
and
to
human
history.
Beer
and
coffee
are
two
completely
different
drinks,
though
they
have
brought
people
together
in
similar
ways.
With
the
discovery
of
coffee
came
coffeehouses.
With
coffeehouses
came
gossip,
business
meeHngs,
and
even
the
start
of
a
revoluHon.
Overall,
they
have
been
a
place
for
people
to
gather
and
mingle
with
one
another.
Beer,
though
being
discovered
thousands
of
years
before
coffee,
has
also
brought
people
together.
Before
the
use
of
individual
cups,
groups
of
people
would
drink
beer
through
straws
and
from
the
same
jar.
Sharing
a
drink
form
the
same
jar
made
everyone
feel
as
though
they
were
all
equal
and
united. According
to
Standage,
certain
beverages
also
have
a
way
of
bringing
together
different
countries
through
trade.
Wine
and
tea
are
the
two
drinks
he
writes
about
that
really
sHmulated
trade
around
the
world.
Certain
wines
were
preferred
more
than
others
depending
on
where
they
came
from.
People
in
Greece
or
Italy
may
have
drunk
wine
imported
from
France
or
Spain.
Today,
France,
Italy,
and
Spain
dominate
the
wine

  • 2. trade.
Tea
originated
in
China
but
became
the
naHonal
drink
nearly
halfway
around
the
world
in
England.
In
order
obtain
their
tea,
different
countries
had
to
trade
goods
with
China.
The
Chinese
didn’t
have
much
interest
in
western
goods
but
were
happy
to
trade
for
gold
and
silver.
Eventually
the
English
tried
to
grow
tea
plants
in
England
to
reduce
its
price.
Even
being
unsuccessful,
they
tried
again,
this
Hme
in
India.
Skilled
workers
adopted
the
correct
way
to
tend
to
and
harvest
tea
leaves.
Indian
grown
tea
was
a
huge
success;
India
conHnues
today
to
be
the
largest
producer
and
distributer
of
tea
around
the
world. In
his
book,
Standage
proves
that
drinks
such
as
brandy,
rum,
whiskey,
and
Coca‐Cola
played
a
large
part
in
the
development
of
America.
During
the
colonizaHon
of
the
New
World
spirits
were
traded
for
slaves
to
work
in
the
fields.
These
slaves
produced
coYon,
wheat,
sugar,
and
many
more
products
that
were
sent
to
England
in
order
to
conHnue
the
expansion
of
the
New
World.
Some
slave
owners
even
paid
their
workers
with
a
liter
or
two
of
rum
and
whiskey.
Hundreds
of
years
later
Coca‐Cola
is
the
drink
that
conHnues
to
shape
the
United
States.
During
the
Depression,
Coke
adverHsements
were
cheerful
and
helped
keep
spirits
up.
Troops
fighHng
in
WWI
and
WWII
requested
that
Coca‐Cola
be
sent
to
them
because
it
reminded
them
of
home.
Coca‐Cola
has
become
a
world
wide
symbol
of
the
United
States
and
our
freedom. Many
factors
contribute
to
the
way
history
is
changed.
Standage
has
shown
us
that
something
as
liYle
as
a
cup
of
tea
can
have
a
large
impact
on
the
world.
Drinks
have
altered
the
course
of
history
and
will
conHnue
to
mold
our
future.

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