Food And Drink In World History Essay

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FOOD AND DRINK IN WORLD HISTORY Course Goals The goal of this course is to use the lens of food and drink to examine some of the larger themes in world history. Food and drink are a fascinating subject, as they are one of the few aspects of history that are both ubiquitous but also handled in vastly different ways across the globe. Though food and drink will not allow us to deeply examine every trend and event in world history, such a task is not possible in one semester, they will provide students with a sort of world history skeleton on which they can apply future in depth studies of events and civilizations throughout world history. During this semester we will be tracing the effects food and drink have had on civilization, culture,…show more content…
1 - Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History, Sidney W. Mintz - A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Tom Standage, Chapter Three: Spirits in the Colonial Period, (pgs. 70-131) Week 10: Colonization pt. 2 -Either The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492, Alfred W. Crosby Jr. OR Chilies to Chocolate: Food the Americas Gave the World, Nelson Foster and Linda S. Cordell Section IV: Food and Drink, Modernized Week 11: Industrialization - Food: The History of Taste, Paul Freedman, Chapter Six: New Worlds, New Tastes, (pgs. 197-232), and Chapter Seven: The Birth of the Modern Consumer Age, (pgs. 263-300), and Chapter Nine: Dining Out (pgs. 301-332) Week 12: Current Tastes - Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed our World, Mark Pendergrast Section V: Food and Drink, Considered Week 13: Gender Roles of Food and Drink - More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave, Ruth Schwartz Week 14: When There is no Food - Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World, Mike Davis Section VI: Wrap Up and Leftovers Week 15: Final

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