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, gender roles, etc. from prehistory up until the present day.
1. Catherine Panter-Brick, Robert H. Layton, and Peter Rowley, Hunter-Gatherers: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.
2. Bill Finlayson and Greame M. Warren, Changing Natures: Hunter-Gatherers, First Farmers and the Modern World.
3. Anatoly M. Khazanov, Nomads and the Outside World.
4. Thomas T. Allsen, The Royal Hunt in Eurasian History.
5. Jack Turner, Spice: The History of a Temptation.
6. Sidney W. Mintz, Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History.
7. Mark Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed our World.
8. Ruth Schwartz, More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave.
9. Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World.
1. Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.
2. Pamela Goyan Kittler and Kathryn P. Sucher, Food and Culture.
3. Tom Stand...
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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 Class
- Wrap up any loose ends and have discussions about students final paper
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