The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia

The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia

by Patricia Herlihy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195160959

ISBN-13: 9780195160956

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Russians are famed for their debilitating love of vodka. During the late imperial period, alcohol was blamed for health problems, workplace accidents and absenteeism, rioting and pogroms, and the decline of the army. Many outsiders have cited it as the primary cause of Russia's "backwardness" and a barrier to its modernization. Alcoholism continues to plague modern…  See more details below

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"Russians are famed for their debilitating love of vodka. During the late imperial period, alcohol was blamed for health problems, workplace accidents and absenteeism, rioting and pogroms, and the decline of the army. Many outsiders have cited it as the primary cause of Russia's "backwardness" and a barrier to its modernization. Alcoholism continues to plague modern Russia, causing major social, economic, and health problems." In The Alcoholic Empire, Patricia Herlihy illuminates the complex relationship between vodka and politics in Russia, focusing on the history and role of temperance organizations in the late imperial period. She traces the beginning of temperance activities to 1894, when Nicholas II created a monopoly on the sale and production of alcohol. Temperance advocates - a diverse group that ranged from Tolstoy to illiterate peasants and included laity, clergy, and workers, men and women, the medical professions, the Duma, and the military - disagreed about the causes and remedies for alcoholism, but they agreed that it was a social and moral problem for which the government should be held accountable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195160956
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
525,019
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2Singing One's Way to Sobriety: The State's Guardianship14
3Drugs Are Our Business: Physicians Stake a Claim on Therapies36
4Battling Booze: Strategies for Sobriety in the Military52
5The Church's New Social Mission69
6Women's Physical and Political Use of Alcohol90
7Tea and Symphony: The Laity Mobilizes against Alcohol111
8The Politics of Alcohol129
9Conclusion146
Epilogue151
Notes163
Bibliography215
Index235

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