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Homer called it a divine substance. Plato described it as especially dear to the gods. As Mark Kurlansky so brilliantly relates here, salt has shaped ...Show synopsisHomer called it a divine substance. Plato described it as especially dear to the gods. As Mark Kurlansky so brilliantly relates here, salt has shaped civilisation from the beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of mankind. Wars have been fought over salt and, while salt taxes secured empires across Europe and Asia, they have also inspired revolution - Gandhi's salt march in 1930 began the overthrow of British rule in India. From the rural Sichuan province where the last home-made soya sauce is produced to the Cheshire brine springs that supplied salt around the globe, Mark Kurlansky has produced a kaleidoscope of world history, a multi-layered masterpiece that blends political, commercial, scientific, religious and culinary records into a rich and memorable tale.Hide synopsis
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Although I was History major, my attention was never drawn to the importance of Salt on the everyday lives of the world's inhabitants, until I read this book.
I had no idea that so much of what we consider important history was influenced by the universal need for salt or salted products. and how ...
This should be a compulsory textbook in all schools all over the planet to give us all a perspective on the interaction between politics , economics and our survival. Particularly helpful to understand how oil is today's salt. Quite apart from its informative value it is an excellent read: a lively ...
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