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Episode from the podcastHow It Began: A History of the Modern World

Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

Released Monday, 18th December 2017
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Historian Brad Harris reveals the correlations between the spread of coffee consumption and the rise of modern institutions.
From science to security, insurance to stock exchanges, and all the way through to democratic liberation, coffee's arrival into Europe in the 1600s helped awaken Western Civilization from centuries of booze-induced slumber, catalyzing an entirely new age of progress that featured revolutionary change on practically every front.
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