Burke Catholic hs summer Reading Assignment Global History 10Honors

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Summer Reading Assignment - Global History 10Honors

  1. Read the assigned chapters of the book “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” and complete the assignment. The assignment is due the first day of school. The assignment should be typed.

  2. In September, you will be asked to research another commodity and, in the style of the book and write a brief social/economic history linking the commodity to history. More details will be given upon your return to school. If you would like to begin thinking about the assignment, some commodities you might wish to consider are: sugar, cotton, nutmeg, salt, rubber…

A History of the World in 6 Glasses” by Tom Standage tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st 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 a leading symbol of globalization, Americanization and westernization.

For Tom Standage, each drink is a 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 drink the same way again”.


ASSIGNMENT: We will skip Chapters 1 and 2 as they deal mainly with 9th grade material. Feel free to read them for your own interest. Type all answers (12 point font, double spaced). Answer in complete sentences, but keep your answers brief and to the point)

Chapter 1 - Beer

It (grain) was a sort of edible money, and it was consumed in both liquid and solid forms, as bread and beer.” (p. 16)
Chapter 2 - Wine

Thucydides: “ the peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learned to cultivate the olive and the vine.” (pp. 52-53)

Chapter 3 –Spirits

Rum was the liquid embodiment of both the triumph and the oppression of the first era of globalization.” (p. 111)

  1. Discuss and give examples of the above quote

  2. Discuss the role spirits played in the following themes of Global History:

  • Exploration

  • Slavery

  • Trade

  • Revolution

  • Subjugation of indigenous peoples

Chapter 4 - Coffee

Europe’s coffeehouses functioned as information exchanges for scientists, businessmen, writers and politicians. Like modern web sites..” (p.152)

  1. Discuss and give examples of the above quote

  2. Discuss the role coffee played in the following themes of Global History:

  • Enlightenment

  • Revolution

  • Trade (global empires of coffee)

  • Colonialism

Chapter 5 – Tea

The story of tea is the story of imperialism, industrialization and world domination one cup at a time.” (p. 177)

  1. Discuss and give examples of the above quote

  2. Discuss the role tea played in the following themes of Global History:

  • Spread of religion (Buddhism and Taoism)

  • Industrial revolution

  • Disease

  • Rise of West argument (p. 202)

  • Imperialism

Chapter 6 – Coca-Cola

Discuss the role coca-cola played in the following themes of Global History:

  • Industrialization

  • Mass transportation

  • Class free (?) society

  • Mass consumerism

    • Global capitalism

    • Cold war

    • Globalization

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