A History Of The World In 6 Glasses

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Paulina Korzyk July 1st, 2014

A History of the World in Six Glasses: Guided Reading Q&A

Introduction “Vital Fluids” 1.) What is the author's main thesis (argument) in setting up his book? Why/how are these fluids “vital” ? The author wants to show that beverages had a great impact on history. He wants to tell his

readers that drinks have had a greater impact on history than normally recognized. The fluids are

“vital” because without them, humans wouldn't have accomplished so much. Fluids allowed people to

farm, think, trade, and survive. “Beer in Mesopotamia and Egypt” (Chapters 1 & 2)

1.) How might beer have influenced the transition from
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He allowed Christians to consume coffee.

3.) How (and why) did coffee play a pivotal role in the Enlightenment and French Revolution ?

In England, coffeehouses were gathering places for great thinkers. Members of the Royal

Society (such as Edmond Halley and Samuel Pepys), held experiments and had educated discussions

while sipping coffee. These coffeehouse meet-ups led to the publication of “Principia”, one of the

greatest scientific books of all time. The book played a big role in the Enlightenment.

In France, coffee played a huge role in the French Revolution. A man by the name of Marquis

de Sade was a prisoner at the Bastille. He repeatedly asked the guards for some coffee, but they

wouldn't give it to him, so he yelled out to the people on the streets that he was going to be executed.

The people then stormed the Bastille, and started the French Revolution.

“Tea and the British Empire” (Chapters 9 and 10)

1.) Why was tea important to China's economy, and how did it effect China's relationships with other countries ?

Tea was important to China's economy because in Europe, it was in high demand. By trading

tea with Europe, China's economy grew, and relationships with other countries developed.

2.) Explain the relationship with tea and a) the Industrial Revolution, and b) the expansion of the British Empire.

During the


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