A Short History of Drunkenness : How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present

A Short History of Drunkenness : How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present

Description

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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Details

Author(s)
Mark Forsyth
Format
Hardback | 256 pages
Dimensions
132 x 203 x 18mm | 318g
Publication date
08 May 2018
Publisher
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, unspecified
ISBN10
0525575375
ISBN13
9780525575375
Bestsellers rank
697,168