The Alcoholic Empire : Vodka & Politics in Late Imperial Russia
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.
- Paperback | 252 pages
- 152.9 x 239.8 x 17mm | 381.02g
- 12 Dec 2002
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- Revised ed.
- 10pp halftones
Herlihy's achievement is to show how various temperance activists used concern about drink as a weapon to express their opposition to tsarist government. Based on a thorough reading of published sources, Herlihy succeeds admirably in producing an account that is sensitive to the multiple social classes, regions, religions, and professional groupings present in the Russian Empire. * The Russian Review *
About Patricia Herlihy
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