The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia

Paperback | November 15, 2002

byPatricia Herlihy

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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 imperialperiod. 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 thetsarist 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 interestedin temperance history.

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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 imperialperiod. Since vodka produced essential gover...

Patricia Herlihy is Professor Emerita of Russian and Soviet History at Brown University and Research Professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies. She is the author Odessa: A History, 1794-1914

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:November 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195160959

ISBN - 13:9780195160956

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"[T]his book, the first systematic account of its subject... traces, lucidly and in no sectarian or puritanical spirit, the history of this all too characteristic Russian success in achieving the worst of all possible worlds."--The Tablet