Lecture 1 provides an overview of the structure of the module and an introduction to its main themes and concepts. The lecture will then offer a broad overview of the precursors of coffeehouses and teahouses in the pre-1500 world. This introductory part aims to set the module in a longer trajectory of human existence on the globe. The lecture will then focus on the history of wine and beer and their socio-spatial dimensions in the ancient world. This would provide a background for understanding the popularization of psychoactive substances in the post-1500 period, and will underscore the entanglement of stimulants like coffee and tea with the formation of our contemporary urban world and its spaces.
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