AP World History 2019
Summer Reading Assignment
AP World History May 2019
Dear Students and Parents,
We are very excited that you are going to be in one of our AP World History classes this coming fall! We have selected a book which will not only generate good discussion but make the course more accessible to students less accustomed to the reliance on independent reading and note-taking used in AP classes as prescribed by the College Board.
We will be reading A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. The book traces how six beverages (beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and Coca-Cola) have shaped world trade and the human social condition for thousands of years. While this book in no way promotes the consumption of alcohol, a substitute by the same author is available. An Edible History of Humanity addresses the changes in foodways over the course of human history and place. Both books are available at Barnes and Noble (806) 793-1061, on line and through numerous other sources.
We will be holding a pre-school meeting in the Barnes and Noble at South Plains Mall on Friday, May 31st at 10:30AM, and on Tuesday, July 30th at 6:30PM to answer your questions about the book and the class. Both students and parents are encouraged to attend.
Be ready for an exam over the entire book the first three weeks of school. You will be able to use your notes from the book as long as they are handwritten and not typed.
We are looking forward to seeing you and are confident that you’re going to have a great sophomore year at Lubbock High School. If you have any questions please feel to e-mail any of us at any time.
Michele Matticks Ed Perkins
AP World History AP World History
Lubbock High Lubbock High
(806) 219-1691 (806) 219-1713
Summer Reading for AP World History Students:
A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage
From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history
Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.
A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization.
For Tom Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again.