Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation

Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation

by David Christian, Deborah Christian
     
 

This is a study of the social, economic, and political role of vodka in nineteenth-century Russia. Since the "Green Serpent" first appeared in sixteenth-century Muscovy, it has played a vital part in Russian life. Vodka became an essential ingredient in all working class celebrations—personal, religious, and commercial. By the nineteenth century, it

Overview

This is a study of the social, economic, and political role of vodka in nineteenth-century Russia. Since the "Green Serpent" first appeared in sixteenth-century Muscovy, it has played a vital part in Russian life. Vodka became an essential ingredient in all working class celebrations—personal, religious, and commercial. By the nineteenth century, it was generating one third of government revenue. The individual and governmental dependence on vodka has endured into the Gorbachev era, yet until now, the phenomenon has largely been ignored by historians. Drawing on original research in Soviet archives, this lively volume will provide an indispensable analysis of the importance of the vodka trade to all aspects of Russian life.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The book is a pleasure to read. The research is...thorough and sound. Christian is judicious and fair in his presentation of contemporary opinion."—The Annals of the American Academy

"As one would expect from Clarendon, the book is handsomely and meticulously produced."—The Russian Review

"Social history at its best."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198222866
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Pages:
462
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.29(d)

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