10 Foods that changed the course of history

Ref: C2422533

In this course we will explore how 10 common food stuffs have affected history. We will look for example at how the history of sugar was not 'sweet' and how its production is linked to the growth of the slave trade and the expansion of the British Empire, and its use/misuse since then, We will also be focusing on the role of other foods such as Gin, Coffee, Tea, Potatoes and Spices some of which provoked wars and also caused profound changes in our social, political and economic lives and how echoes of these changes are still influencing us to this day.

Course aim

This course will focus on 10 common food stuffs and explore how these affected history at the time and to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • All levels of knowledge welcome

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Be able to describe how sugar is linked to the expansion of the slave trade and the growth of the British Empire
  • Have a basic understanding of how gin caused profound social changes in the eighteenth century
  • Be able to describe how potatoes change eating habits from the eighteenth century onwards
  • To have a basic understanding of how tea is connected to the Chinese Opium Wars of the 1840s

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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10 Foods that changed the course of history

Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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