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Salt

A World History

By Mark Kurlansky




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. 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. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.  Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt by Mark Kurlansky is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.

 

Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Cod, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster. His newest book is Birdseye.


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Salt a world history

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Publish Date

2003

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0142001619


Format: Book
Author: Kurlansky, Mark
Summary: Explores the role of salt in shaping history, discussing how one of the world's most sought-after commodities has influenced economics, science, politics, religion, and eating customs.
Title: Salt : a world history / Mark Kurlansky.
Publisher Date: New York : Penguin Books, 2003.
Subject: Salt Salt -- History Salt industry and trade -- History.
Isbn: 0142001619 (pbk.) 9780142001615 (pbk.)
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System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 553.63 Kur
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Bib Id: 406508

Format: Book
Author: Kurlansky, Mark
Summary: Explores the role of salt in shaping history, discussing how one of the world's most sought-after commodities has influenced economics, science, politics, religion, and eating customs.
Title: Salt : a world history / Mark Kurlansky.
Publisher, Date: New York : Penguin Books, 2003.
Description: x, 484 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Salt
Subjects: Salt -- History
Subjects: Salt industry and trade -- History.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 453-465) and index.
Contents: A discourse on salt, cadavers, and pungent sources. A mandate of salt -- Fish, fowl, and pharaohs -- Saltmen hard as codfish -- Salt's salad days -- Salting it away in the Adriatic -- Two ports and the prosciutto in between -- The glow of herring and the scent of conquest. Friday's salt -- A Nordic dream -- A well-salted hexagon -- The Hapsburg pickle -- The leaving of Liverpool -- American salt wars -- Salt and independence -- Liberté, egalité, tax breaks -- Preserving independence -- The war between the salts -- Red salt -- Sodium's perfect marriage. The odium of sodium -- The mythology of geology -- The soil never sets on -- Salt and the great soul -- Not looking back -- The last salt days of Zigong -- Ma, la, and Mao -- More salt than fish -- Big salt, little salt.
LCCN: 2004270006
ISBN: 0142001619 (pbk.)
ISBN: 9780142001615 (pbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 553.63 Kur