The Alcoholic Empire
Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia
By (author) Patricia Herlihy
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Alcoholic Empire by Patricia Herlihy
Book DescriptionThe Alcoholic Empire examines the prevalance 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 was 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 alcoholism 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195134315
(242mm x 162mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Patricia Herlihy
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Vodka: A Global History describes vodka's complete history, from its emergence in Eastern Europe to its future as a global beverage. Attractively illustrated with photographs, paintings and graphic art, this title provides an engaging account of the rise of vodka.
Alcoholic Empire, Paperback (December 2002)
The author examines the prevalence of alcohol in Russian social, economic, religious and political life, looking 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.
Odessa, Paperback (September 1991)» View all books by Patricia Herlihy
By the late 19th century, Odessa was the most cosmopolitan city in the Russian Empire. This work contrasts its rapid development during the 19th century with the growing tensions that emerged up to World War I. It uses Ukrainian and Russian sources plus travel literature and consular reports.
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Author Biography - 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
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