A history of the 1000 years in which cod was the most important catch in the Atlantic, how wars were fought over it, how it spurred revolutions, the important role it played in American, Caribbean, African, and European history. Non-Violence: Twenty-five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea. As is, I came away knowing quite a bit more about the history of salt and feeling even less satisfied with what I know. Shoelaces, rubber, pencils, ziplock bags. Please support your local independent book store! 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. It often served as a means of trade and was bartered for other goods. Which represents a whole different problem.
This is certainly not the way that World History should go. At almost 14 hours long, I had to speed it up to 1. At the time if I got this right, people actually retained the rights to what was under their land. This is, unfortunately, typical, although it's the worst case I remember. The first great Roman road, the Via Saleria has a name that might give it a clue as to what was behind its construction.
The author focused on many different countries and periods of time in the book. However, his interest faded and he began to work as a journalist in the 1970s. Korea remained a divided country. 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. Nonetheless there were some interesting factoids I collected.
Necessary preconditions for the rise of empires: a. Kurlansky even has the annoying habit of adding all kin What a disappointment this was. The oldest human remnants in North America are such jar shards. It got progressively worse as I got through the book- and then towards the end it became an advertisement for Mortons Salt. It tells stories about salt manufacture, paints brief portraits of life in several salt towns, discusses the rise of salt trading empires, and mentions several unique landmarks relating to salt.
As the money came rolling in, the Venetians had to expand their buying and their navy sailed farther and farther afield. Please support your local independent book store! I particularly enjoyed the sections on Chinese ancient history, on French salt production on Noirmoutier and Ile de Ré and also the perspective of how French salt taxes gabelle influenced the French revolution. I didn't think it possible to have someone talk about salt for 13 hours and 43 minutes but it was. However, as Mark Kurlansky so brilliantly relates in his world-encompassing new book, saltthe only rock we eathas shaped civilization from the very beginning. How did the ideas of the Enlightenment influence the arts? Forward by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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. The author kept the soap on the window and after he found the rock a little wet, salt crystal began to form on the surface of the rock. The material here is thorough and often fascinating, but you must have a strong interest in history if you hope to get through it. We're fortunate to have it in such abundance that we can take it for granted and worry about getting too much of it in our diets. The Trans-Ohio Canal from the Ohio River to Cleveland carried nothing but salt. This march was the spark that led to Indian independence. What effect did the Scientific Revolution have on schools and universities? Kurlansky clearly has searched complete encyclopaedias on the word 'salt' and has poured it all down in this book, with no connecting narrative or analysis.
There were other areas that used larger bodies of salt water to procure the salt needed for preserving food or making its way to the table. At the beginning of World War I, which outsider helped speed up the decline of the czar's government? I'm not entirely sure why this book is so popular and so widely read, since it strikes me as simply a series of stories by that quickly settle into the same basic mantra, which is: 1 Here is this culture; 2 Like the twenty other cultures I have just introduced to you, salt was also important to this culture; 3 These are the ways they gathered salt; 4 Here is a random sprinkling of recipes involving salt. The different stories are not even interwoven, so that halfway through the book I still didn't really know what Kurlansky's point is, unless to underscore his initial point that all animals need salt to live. Adding historical references and some anecdotes, the reader is taken on this journey and the points being made are further solidified as being fundamental. In the way the world works, circularly, the various colored, irregular salt crystals of the past, which were spurned when whiter, purer salt was regularized and when consistency of shape and size was prized, are now seen as artisanal salts. Sure, human population didn't really take off until we started staying put in one place and domesticating animals and crops, but what do you think preserved those food staples? Other people may be interested in the role salt played in the American Revoltion, Morton Salt Company, German and Austrian salt mines, how a lack of Scandinavian salt influenced the Vikings, hydraulic drilling and gas deposits or the numerous old recipes provided the original ketchup, tomato ketchup, the difference betwwen the Swedish herring surströmming versus sill. تلك المادة سهلة الضياع فى الماء.
Romans called a man in love salax, in a salted state, the origin of the word salacious. The information Kurlansky gave me was so irrelevant and uninteresting I found myself having to reread lines over and over and still not be able to understand what the significance of it being there was. There were sections that were legitimately interesting, but there were sections that just needed more editing, they needed to be trimmed down. The Cold War between the superpowers. The story of an odd man of imagination who changed the world of food.
Many factors influenced the transition from a hunting and gathering lifestyle to a mainly agricultural based one. Never does Kurlansky take a step back and give an overview of the major salt suppliers at one point in time and where they shipped salt to, or show the rise and decline of dominance of a particular supplier, or show a timeline of the evolution of salt making techniques, or for that matter show any timeline whatsoever. In Catholic Europe, the church had placed certain dietary restriction forbidding meat on Fridays and church holidays. These sorts of stories sustain the book's narrative until, by the end, when Kurlansky reports on haute cuisine's interest in unusual, large-grain salts, this book of minutely researched data and history can literally make the mouth water. Which of the following is an example of global culture? Yes, the author proved his argument about salt and how it has affected the world. On a large scale, this was done with a series of artificial ponds, brine pumped into one, set to evaporate for several months, then that water pumped into another lake to be replaced with fresh brine and so on.
Plato described it as especially dear to the gods. I don't know how the rest of the book progressed but I don't care either. A piquant blend of the historic, political, commercial, scientific and culinary, the book is sure to entertain as well as educate. However, large salt deposits could be handled in various ways by different companies. A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny. Kurlansky looks at geography, the rise of civilizations, and the placement of forts.