Tobacco in Russian History and Culture: The Seventeenth Century to the Present

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-05-14
  • Publisher: Routledge

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According to the World Health Organization, approximately seventy percent of men and thirty percent of women in Russia smoke, and the WHO estimated that at the close of the twentieth century 280,000 Russians died every year from smoking-related illnesses #xE2;#xAC;#x1C; a rate over three times higher than the global average. The demographic crisis in current Russia has occasioned interest by President Putin in health care efforts and by historians in the source of these problems. Tobacco in Russian History and Culture explores tobacco#xE2;#xAC;"s role in Russian culture through a multidisciplinary approach starting with the growth of tobacco consumption from its first introduction in the seventeenth century until its pandemic status in the current post-Soviet health crisis. The essays as a group emphasize the ways in which, from earliest contact, tobacco#xE2;#xAC;"s status as a "foreign" commodity forced Russians to confront their national, political, and economic interests in its acceptance or rejection and find there markers of gender, class, or political identity. International contributors from the fields of history, literature, sociology, and economics fully present the dramatic impact of the weed called the "blossom from the womb of the daughter of Jezebel".

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Tabak: An Introductionp. 1
Muscovy's Extraordinary Ban on Tobaccop. 9
Sex, Drink, and Drugs: Tobacco in Seventeenth-Century Russiap. 26
Tobacco and Health in Early Modern Russiap. 44
Regulating Virtue and Vice: Controlling Commodities in Early Modern Siberiap. 61
"I Smoke, Therefore I Think": Tobacco as Liberation in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culturep. 83
Smokescreens: Tobacco Manufacturers' Projections of Class and Gender in Late Imperial Russian Advertisingp. 102
Tobacco Prohibitions as Ritual Languagep. 120
Papirosy, Smoking, and the Anti-Cigarette Movementp. 132
Tobacco Production in Russia: The Transition to Communismp. 148
"The lads indulged themselves, they used to smoke...": Tobacco and Children's Culture in Twentieth-Century Russiap. 158
"Tobacco Is Poison!": Soviet-Era Anti-Smoking Postersp. 183
The lava Tobacco Factory from the 1960s to the early 1990s: An Interview with the Former Director, Leonid Iakovlevich Sinel'nikovp. 203
Smokes for Big Brother: Bulgaria, the USSR, and the Politics of Tobacco in the Cold Warp. 225
Tobacco and Transition: The Advent of Transnational Tobacco Companiesp. 244
Up in Smoke? The Politics and Health Impact of Tobacco in Today's Russiap. 267
Contributorsp. 283
Indexp. 285
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