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The impact of bread

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 Roman Stone Carving of person handing out bread.

Roman Stone Carving of person handing out bread.

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Roman Stone Carving of person handing out bread.

Alex Nakamura, Staff Writer

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Bread, one of the simplest and most basic food items we have. Most don’t think much about bread until they want to make a sandwich. But bread’s importance to our history as a society is pivotal. When we eat bread we often take for granted how easy it is to access it. For many generations throughout our history plenty of societies struggled to produce bread. Bread has been the cause of the fall of nations to the grand rising of them.

It is safe to say that without bread, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Bread dates as far back as 3000BCE in Ancient Egypt. Abundant bread allowed Egypt’s society to focus their efforts on other objectives such as building the pyramids. The invention of farming and bread allowed our ancestors to settle down and create civilizations rather than living a nomadic hunter gatherer lifestyle. That is why most major civilizations started in river valleys. River valleys allowed for easier and better farming, the reason being for Egypt’s outstanding success due to the Nile river. Bread was a major part of our ancestor’s diet as well as most of our modern human history 1000 BCE – Present.

Bread was used extensively in the Roman Empire and without it the Romans wouldn’t have been to expand as far as they did. Bread was the main form of sustenance for many civilizations. Not only has bread changed the course of history, it’s been a key component of it. An example of the impact of bread is the French Revolution. What really pushed the French citizens to revolt against their king was because they were starving, as there wasn’t enough bread. At every single key historical event that you think of, there was probably bread involved. If the Irish during the potato blight had bread, they wouldn’t have starved. The invention of bread changed human society forever, while the abundance or lack of bread has changed history.

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