The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia

The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia

by Patricia Herlihy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195160959

ISBN-13: 9780195160956

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"The Alcoholic Empire examines the prevalence of alcohol in Russian social, economic, religious, and political life. Herlihy looks at how the state, the church, the military, doctors, lay societies, and the czar all tried to battle the problem of overconsumption of alcohol in the late imperial period. Since vodka produced essential government revenue and was a

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"The Alcoholic Empire examines the prevalence of alcohol in Russian social, economic, religious, and political life. Herlihy looks at how the state, the church, the military, doctors, lay societies, and the czar all tried to battle the problem of overconsumption of alcohol in the late imperial period. Since vodka produced essential government revenue and was a backbone of the state economy, many who fought for a sober Russia believed that the only way to save the country through Revolutionary change. This book traces temperance activity and politics side by side with the end of the tsarist regime, while showing how the problem of alcohoism continued to pervade Soviet and post-Soviet society. Illustrated by timeless and incisive sayings about the Russian love of vodka and by poster art and paintings, this book will appeal to Russian and European historians and those interested in temperance history."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195160956
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,277,358
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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