A Short History of Drunkenness

How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present
Product Number: EB00721566
Released: May 08, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780525575382
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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From the internationally bestselling author of The Etymologicon, a lively and fascinating exploration of how, throughout history, each civilization has found a way to celebrate, or to control, the eternal human drive to get sloshed Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. Making stops all over the world, A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to the 20th century, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Sumerians got sauced, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

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Author(s): Mark Forsyth
Original Publish Date: May 08, 2018

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Author(s): Mark Forsyth
Narrator(s): Simon Vance
Genre: History, Cooking
Product Number Z100141394
Released: Sep 30, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781977305695

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