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By Rod Phillips

ISBN-10: 1469617609

ISBN-13: 9781469617602

Even if as wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a continuing and sometimes arguable function in social lifestyles. In his cutting edge e-book at the attitudes towards and intake of alcohol, Rod Phillips surveys a 9,000-year cultural and fiscal background, uncovering the tensions among alcoholic beverages as fit staples of day-by-day diets and as gadgets of social, political, and non secular nervousness. within the city facilities of Europe and the USA, the place it used to be visible as more fit than untreated water, alcohol won a foothold because the drink of selection, however it has been extra regulated via governmental and spiritual professionals greater than the other commodity. As a possible resource of social disruption, alcohol created unstable limitations of appropriate and unacceptable intake and broke via limitations of sophistication, race, and gender.

Phillips follows the ever-changing cultural meanings of those powerful potables and makes the miraculous argument that a few societies have entered "post-alcohol" levels. His is the 1st e-book to check and clarify the meanings and results of alcohol in such intensity, from international and long term perspectives.

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In some cases, alcohol was (in theory, at least) reserved for dominant, colonizing populations: some British administrations in Africa imposed prohibition policies on the indigenous peoples while themselves drinking alcohol, and white governments did the same to native populations in the United States and Canada. At the material level, until the nineteenth century, alcohol (mainly beer and wine) was widely consumed by Europeans and North Americans for hydration because so many sources of water were unsafe to drink.

This would not have gone far, given that wine had to last a year (until the next vintage), although we do not know if the community had access to a little or a lot more wine than these six jars represent. 14 More earthenware wine vessels containing tartaric acid from wine, this time dating from 3500 to 3000 BC, were found in Godin Tepe, a trading post and military center to the south of Hajji Firuz. These jars held between 30 and 60 liters each, and the vertical patterns of the internal staining showed that, after being sealed with clay stoppers, the jars had been stored on their sides, just like modern bottles with cork closures.

Although alcoholic fermentation might have been practiced first in Africa or the Americas, the greatest certainty lies with the Chinese and western Asian evidence that dates back to the period between 7000 and 3000 BC, some 5,000 to 9,000 years ago. The regions involved lie many thousands of kilometers apart, but they were connected by the Silk Road and by other trade networks for thousands of years before that. It is possible, then, that knowledge of fermentation was developed in one region and transferred to the other.

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