Russia Goes Dry: Alcohol, State And Society by Stephen WhiteRussia Goes Dry: Alcohol, State And Society by Stephen White

Russia Goes Dry: Alcohol, State And Society

byStephen White

Paperback | November 24, 1995

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Russians today are the world's heaviest drinkers. The consumption of alcohol permeates family life, shapes the economy, and plays an occasional but striking role in the political leadership. Russia Goes Dry is an entertaining and instructive study of the Soviet leadership's attempt to eliminate alcohol abuse. It traces the profound influence of alcohol through Russian history and charts the campaign from its initiation under Mikhail Gorbachev to its disappointing aftermath in the postcommunist 1990s. Attractively written and fully illustrated, this book offers a fascinating insight into modern Russian society.
Stephen White is a clinical psychologist. he lives in colorado with his wife and son.
Title:Russia Goes Dry: Alcohol, State And SocietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:November 24, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521558492

ISBN - 13:9780521558495


Table of Contents

1. Russia, alcohol and politics; 2. A drunken society; 3. The campaign is launched; 4. The campaign advances; 5. The campaign retreats; 6. The impact of the campaign; 7. Russia, alcohol and the policy process.

From Our Editors

Attractively written and fully illustrated, Russia Goes Dry is an entertaining as well as instructive guide to a changing society and a classic case study of the limitations of politically directed social reform.

Editorial Reviews

"As White writes in the preface: I have sought to examine the campaign from its origins, considering the social issues it sought to address, the manner in which it was devised, the success it appeared initially to enjoy, and the disappointments and recriminations that accompanied its demise in the late 1980's. White has done all this and more, and I recommend Russia Goes Dry to historians, political scientists, and public policy experts as a cautionary tale on the perils of centrally directed social reform." Choi Chatterjee, Slavic and East European Journal