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By Patricia Herlihy

The Alcoholic Empire examines the superiority of alcohol in Russian social, financial, spiritual, and political lifestyles. Herlihy seems at how the kingdom, 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. when you consider that vodka produced crucial govt profit and used to be a spine of the kingdom economic system, many that fought for a sober Russia believed that the single strategy to store the rustic via progressive swap. This publication strains temperance job and politics facet via aspect with the top of the tsarist regime, whereas displaying how the matter of alcohoism persisted to pervade Soviet and post-Soviet society. Illustrated through undying and incisive sayings concerning the Russian love of vodka and by way of poster artwork and work, this booklet will attract Russian and ecu historians and people drawn to temperance background.

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