The Alcoholic Empire : Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia

The Alcoholic Empire : Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia

by Patricia Herlihy
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
9780195350739
Publisher:
NetLibrary, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/06/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
0 MB

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