Water: A Global History

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Water: A Global History provides a concise account of our relationship with water throughout history and around the world. The book shows how we obtained clean drinking water in the past, what alternatives to water were available, and how our relationship with water has changed over time. The book explores how we have consumed water throughout history, and our efforts to transform it into a palatable drink (mainly through boiling it for tea, or distilling it into mildly alcoholic beverages); the use of water for medicinal purposes; and how water has become commercialised over the past two centuries.