The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka & Politics in Late Imperial Russia

By Patricia Herlihy

The Alcoholic Empire examines the superiority of alcohol in Russian social, monetary, spiritual, and political lifestyles. Herlihy appears at how the country, the church, the army, medical professionals, lay societies, and the czar all attempted to conflict the matter of overconsumption of alcohol within the past due imperial interval. for the reason that vodka produced crucial executive profit and was once a spine of the nation financial system, many that fought for a sober Russia believed that the one strategy to store the rustic via progressive switch. This publication strains temperance task and politics facet by way of facet with the top of the tsarist regime, whereas displaying how the matter of alcohoism persevered to pervade Soviet and post-Soviet society. Illustrated through undying and incisive sayings concerning the Russian love of vodka and by way of poster paintings and work, this booklet will entice Russian and ecu historians and people drawn to temperance background.

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