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Russia Goes Dry
Alcohol, State and Society

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  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521552110

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  • Russians are the world's heaviest drinkers. The consumption of alcohol permeates family life, shapes the economy, and plays an occasional but striking role in the political leadership. It was in Russia in the 1980s that the most sustained attempt of its kind was made to eliminate alcohol abuse, and even drinking itself. Drawing upon a wide range of original sources, including interviews, surveys and the local press, Stephen White provides the first full-length study of this extraordinary campaign. He traces the profound influence of alcohol through Russian history, and charts the campaign from its initiation under Mikhail Gorbachev to its disappointing aftermath in the post-communist 1990s. Attractively written and fully illustrated, Russia Goes Dry, first published in 1995, is an entertaining as well as instructive guide to a changing society and a classic case study of the limitations of politically directed social reform.

    • Entertaining and instructive study of the place of alcohol in Russian society, and failed Soviet attempts to combat alcohol abuse
    • Fully illustrated (photos, posters, cartoons), and based on interviews, surveys, and local press stories
    • Stephen White is one of the world's leading analysts of Russian society. Author of very successful After Gorbachev which has sold over 25,000 copies in all editions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Stephen White … has written a fascinating and highly readable account of this ludicrous campaign. The book is illustrated with Soviet cartoons of the era and a few photographs, which capture very succinctly the sheer brutishness of Russian drinking.' The Sunday Telegraph

    '… Russia Goes Dry is a joy to read and offers experts and non-experts alike a rare insight into a key policy of the Gorbachev era.' Europe-Asia Studies

    'White … has given us a memorable and fascinating study that acts as a case study paradigm of Soviet society at large …White clearly knows his subject and has good mastery of the detail of the campaign and its context.' Political Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521552110
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Russia, alcohol and politics
    2. A drunken society
    3. The campaign is launched
    4. The campaign advances
    5. The campaign retreats
    6. The impact of the campaign
    7. Russia, alcohol and the policy process.

  • Author

    Stephen White, University of Glasgow

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