It focuses on the uses of salt, especially in different societies, as well as the production of salt. What impression did foreign viewers get of Americans after watching their shows? He moved to Mexico in 1982 where he continued to do journalism. The part dealing with chemistry interested me a great deal. While certainly an interesting and often entertaining read, with many historic details I had never heard before, this book is seriously flawed in several ways. The tea tax in the American colonies, poll taxes, whiskey taxes. But This audiobook was a real slog. Because of its current cheapness and easy availability, we nowadays tend to forget that wars were fought, empires rose and fell, and fortunes were made and lost all on the basis of salt.
Of course it's my own fault for imagining a book this long about salt could be engaging. The Trans-Ohio Canal from the Ohio River to Cleveland carried nothing but salt. Put labour into the mix and politics cannot stay away, begging to regulate or comment on working conditions, hours, and rates of pay. What comes around goes around. That caused major conflict in Europe. This book is, alas, mistitled. I don't know how the rest of the book progre I read several chapters of this.
How did you organize this book? But without detailed endnotes which a book of this sort really ought to have , I would have to guess which of the many books in the bibliography is the source of any given fact or factoid. I look forward to reading more of your work in short order. Kurlansky used it to show how salt affected the social class and made them wealthy. It has a bibliography, but no footnotes or endnotes. يامن مهمتهم حفظ عقول الناس وقلوبهم من أن يتسرب إليها العفن والتحلل كما يفعل الملح مع الطعام. China officially became a communist nation.
Wine was believed to bring out the inner wisdom of an individual during the consumption. Salt is common, easy to obtain and inexpensive. Few endeavors have inspired more ingenuity than salt making, from the natural gas furnaces of ancient China to the drilling techniques that led to the age of petroleum, and salt revenues have funded some of the greatest public works in history, including the Erie Canal, and even cities Syracuse, New York. So what if huge sinkholes started appearing everywhere. This is certainly not the way that World History should go. It is certainly enough to whet one's appetite; it's full of interesting tidbits and odd corners of history, plus a few not so odd corners of history that one may be embarassed not to have already known mine was the connection between salt and Gandhi in India.
Roman salt works lasted for centuries, some of them being taken over by the French monarchy and used in the 1300s. The sections about cod and Basque fishing were familiar from reading and. In the introduction of the book, Mark Kurlansky states how he bought a rock of salt in Cardona. New England and parts of the Nordic countries were able to profit significantly through this method, which was sometimes paired with their cod stocks to create salted cod to sell on the world market, providing financial stability for the region. And it is full to overflowing with interesting facts. I had to get multiple nights of decent amounts of sleep before I could continue on my huge undertaking of reading more than 20 pages. Venice became a huge European powerhouse in the middle ages because of their saltworks, and I learned that salt even played a p This book was completely fascinating! They have now become the expensive style salt whereas they used to be cheaper salt eaten by the poor.
By viewing salt through these three lenses, the reader can better understand and respect how powerful and integral those small grains or large rocks have been to shaping the world in which we live. About Salt An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History of the World In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. As with many products, there is no way to completely balance distribution, though one can presume that it is greed that led to as much disparity on the world market, even with something as basic as salt. One can see this with his pieces on salt, cod, and milk, three that I have recently had the pleasure to devour. I found no evidence whatsoever of it ever being biased 4. Even today, salt is a major industry.
Romans called a man in love salax, in a salted state, the origin of the word salacious. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. Had I t Well, I'll be pickled! I will be sure to read it at a later date for that reason. We say we'll take something with a grain of salt as if it's nothing, but much of the history of the world is tied up in the quest for salt. An army essentially could not subsist without salted meat which prevented spoilage and allowed for long marches.
Kurlansky briefly explores the importance that salt and cod played as teammates to bring the fish from the seaside communities to the islands and across the Atlantic which is extrapolated in his book about the history of cod, another good read , thereby feeding the masses who could not fish themselves. And okay, you do get the impression that salt has played a very important role throughout history, and even all around the world, but in the end you're stuck with a dizzying amount of unreliable facts. The last way the Nile affected development was its economical benefit. Cod, the perfect fish for salting, was discovered around this time and became an enormous culinary hit in Europe. Sometimes he seems to be presenting events in chronological order.
As with most things in life, if there is a crack left open or space between crystals, in this case , politics will seep in. Luckily this is a rare risk in modern diets. The subject matter might seem bland or even off-putting, but take the time to explore what Kurlansky has to say and few will drift off from boredom. I knew there were salt mines, I knew iodine was added to salt, and beyond that, I never gave it much thought. Nonetheless there were some interesting factoids I collected.