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'Living water' [electronic resource] : vodka and Russian society on the eve of emancipation /
David Christian.
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Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
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x, 447 p. : ill.
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0198222866 (Cloth)
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Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
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0198222866 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 15, 2007).
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7370108
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [423]-436)
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-09:
Christian, coauthor with R.E.F. Smith of the highly original and seminal Bread and Salt: Food and Drink in Russian History (1984), has expanded on a number of the thought-provoking themes in that earlier work in this equally stimulating study of the social, economic, and political role of vodka in 19th-century Russia. Concentrating on this period as a transitional one in the history of vodka, Living Water is social history at its best, detailing the connection among vodka, the regressive tax on it, and Russia's status as a great power of the time. Christian not only draws on a wide variety of sources ranging from newspapers and the "thick journals" of the 1850s to the monographic literature of the period, but is exhaustive in his attention to detail. A wealth of tables, charts, graphs, and period illustrations add an undeniable graphic interest. There is also a four-page glossary of terms and two pages of Russian measures for the reader unfamiliar with them. College and university libraries. -G. E. Snow, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
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'... Christian provides an exhaustive account of legal consumption from the mid-eighteenth century to the reform of 1863. ... this monograph is a valuable contribution to our understanding of a sphere vitally important to producer, consumer and tax officials in pre-reform Russia.'Gregory L Freeze, European History Quarterly
'Exploring the subject of alcohol,Christian has painted a panoramic view of pre-1861 Russian society and government.'Christine D. Worobec, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
'he has much to say of value ... Christian's study is straightforward. Christian makes a number of important observations that place his research in a larger context.'Steven Hoch, University of Iowa, American Historical Review, February 1992
'In a short review it is not possible to do justice to a study so rich in material, ideas, and provocative suggestions. Christian is at his best in bringing to life the role of vodka as a part of daily life in nineteenth-century Russia. ...Christian's Living waterdeserves to be widely read.'James H. Bater, The Economic History Review
"The book is a pleasure to read. The research is...thorough and sound. Christian is judicious and fair in his presentation of contemporary opinion."--The Annals of the American Academy "As one would expect from Clarendon, the book is handsomely and meticulously produced."--The Russian Review "Social history at its best."--Choice
"The book is a pleasure to read. The research is...thorough and sound. Christian is judicious and fair in his presentation of contemporary opinion."-- The Annals of the American Academy "As one would expect from Clarendon, the book is handsomely and meticulously produced."-- The Russian Review "Social history at its best."-- Choice
'... the book is as important for social historians as it is for specialists on finance and administration. Scholars with other specialisms will find their own examples of the way in which his book sheds light in dark places.'David Saunders University of Newcastle upon Tyne EHR Shorter Notices April '94
'The story is well told. The book is a pleasure to read. Christian is judicious and fair in his presentation of contemporary opinion.'Dan Usher, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, The Annals of the American Academy
'This is a work of admirable scholarship on a subject of immense significance in Russian history, and one that has been scandalously neglected.'S A Smith, The Times Higher Education Supplment
'With greater access to Soviet archives for Western scholars, the possibilities for a comprehensive reassessment of 'Vodka and Rusian Society' are increased enormously. David Christian, who has written illuminatingly about some aspects of the quetion, is a knowledgeable scholar in a goodposition to undertake more probing research in the archives themselves'.Geoffrey J. Giles, Historical Journal, vol 34.
'Exploring the subject of alcohol,Christian has painted a panoramic view of pre-1861 Russian society and government.'Christine D. Worobec, Journal of Interdisciplinary History'This is a work of admirable scholarship on a subject of immense significance in Russian history, and one that has been scandalously neglected.'S A Smith, The Times Higher Education Supplment'With greater access to Soviet archives for Western scholars, the possibilities for a comprehensive reassessment of 'Vodka and Rusian Society' are increased enormously. David Christian, who has written illuminatingly about some aspects of the quetion, is a knowledgeable scholar in a good position to undertake more probing research in the archives themselves'.Geoffrey J. Giles, Historical Journal, vol 34.'he has much to say of value ... Christian's study is straightforward. Christian makes a number of important observations that place his research in a larger context.'Steven Hoch, University of Iowa, American Historical Review, February 1992'... Christian provides an exhaustive account of legal consumption from the mid-eighteenth century to the reform of 1863. ... this monograph is a valuable contribution to our understanding of a sphere vitally important to producer, consumer and tax officials in pre-reform Russia.'Gregory L Freeze, European History Quarterly'In a short review it is not possible to do justice to a study so rich in material, ideas, and provocative suggestions. Christian is at his best in bringing to life the role of vodka as a part of daily life in nineteenth-century Russia. ...Christian's Living waterdeserves to be widely read.'James H. Bater, The Economic History Review'The story is well told. The book is a pleasure to read. Christian is judicious and fair in his presentation of contemporary opinion.'Dan Usher, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, The Annals of the American Academy'... the book is as important for social historians as it is for specialists on finance and administration. Scholars with other specialisms will find their own examples of the way in which his book sheds light in dark places.'David Saunders University of Newcastle upon Tyne EHR Shorter Notices April '94
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Summaries
Long Description
This is a study of the social, economic, and political role of Vodka in nineteenth-century Russia. Since the 'Green Serpent' first appeared in sixteenth-century Muscovy, it has played a vital part in Russian life. Vodka became an essential part of Russian working-class celebrations: personal, religious, and commercial. Trade in Vodka redistributed wealth upwards through Russian society over several centuries. Indeed, Russia's status as a great power was underpinned by it: by the nineteenth century, it generated one-third of government revenue - enough to cover most of the costs of the vast army. The dependence on Vodka of both people and state has endured into the Gorbachev era. But despite Vodka's key role in Russian history, and the complex network of corruption associated with it, the subject has been ignored by most historians until now. This study concentrates on an important transitional era in the history of Vodka: the early nineteenth century. During this period, Vodka taxes played the role that salt taxes had played in the ancien régime in France. The abolition of the tax farm in 1863 should be seen as one of the most important of the 'Great Reforms' of the 1860s, an era which, in many ways, parallels the glasnost of the 1980s.
Main Description
By the nineteenth century Vodka generated one third of the Russian government's revenue - enough to cover most of the cost of the vast Russian army. This is the first detailed study of the economic and social role of Vodka in nineteenth-century Russian society.
Main Description
This is a study of the social, economic, and political role of vodka in nineteenth-century Russia. Since the "Green Serpent" first appeared in sixteenth-century Muscovy, it has played a vital part in Russian life. Vodka became an essential ingredient in all working classcelebrations--personal, religious, and commercial. By the nineteenth century, it was generating one third of government revenue. The individual and governmental dependence on vodka has endured into the Gorbachev era, yet until now, the phenomenon has largely been ignored by historians. Drawing onoriginal research in Soviet archives, this lively volume will provide an indispensable analysis of the importance of the vodka trade to all aspects of Russian life.
Main Description
This is a study of the social, economic, and political role of vodka in nineteenth-century Russia. Since the "Green Serpent" first appeared in sixteenth-century Muscovy, it has played a vital part in Russian life. Vodka became an essential ingredient in all working class celebrations--personal, religious, and commercial. By the nineteenth century, it was generating one third of government revenue. The individual and governmental dependence on vodka has endured into the Gorbachev era, yet until now, the phenomenon has largely been ignored by historians. Drawing on original research in Soviet archives, this lively volume will provide an indispensable analysis of the importance of the vodka trade to all aspects of Russian life.
Main Description
This is a study of the social, economic, and political role of Vodka in nineteenth-century Russia. Since the 'Green Serpent' first appeared in sixteenth-century Muscovy, it has played a vital part in Russian life. Vodka became an essential part of Russian working-class celebrations: personal,religious, and commercial. Trade in Vodka redistributed wealth upwards through Russian society over several centuries. Indeed, Russia's status as a great power was underpinned by it: by the nineteenth century, it generated one-third of government revenue - enough to cover most of the costs of thevast army. The dependence on Vodka of both people and state has endured into the Gorbachev era. But despite Vodka's key role in Russian history, and the complex network of corruption associated with it, the subject has been ignored by most historians until now. This study concentrates on an important transitional era in the history of Vodka: the early nineteenth century. During this period, Vodka taxes played the role that salt taxes had played in the ancien regime in France. The abolition of the tax farm in 1863 should be seen as one of the mostimportant of the 'Great Reforms' of the 1860s, an era which, in many ways, parallels the glasnost of the 1980s.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vi
List of Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Vodka and Russian Society
Vodka before the Nineteenth Centuryp. 21
Drinking Vodka
Vodkap. 51
Traditional and Modern Drinking Culturesp. 69
Making Money from Vodka
Selling Vodka: Taverns and Tavernkeepersp. 99
Selling Vodka: The Tax Farm--Structure, Metabolism, and Ecologyp. 117
Selling Vodka: The Tax Farmersp. 155
Taxing Vodka: The Government's Sharep. 186
Making Vodka: The Nobility's Sharep. 218
Vodka and Emancipation
Upper Class Protest: Press Attacks on the Tax Farmp. 255
Working Class Protest: Boycotting Vodkap. 286
Working Class Protest: Smashing Tavernsp. 320
'Killing the Hundred-Headed Hydra': The Abolition of Tax Farmingp. 353
Long Statistical Seriesp. 382
Accountsp. 393
An Oath of Sobrietyp. 416
Glossary and Measuresp. 417
Bibliographyp. 423
Indexp. 437
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