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The Soviet Government and Moonshine, 1917-1929

Helena Stone
Cahiers du Monde russe et soviétique
Vol. 27, No. 3/4 (Jul. - Dec., 1986), pp. 359-379
Published by: EHESS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20170117
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

The article attempts to explain the epidemic of homebrewing the Soviet society experienced in the 1920's by linking the production of moonshine with the fluctuation in the grain prices and with the Soviet government's policy towards the peasants in general. Moonshine is interpreted as a byproduct of the confrontation between the peasants and the government. /// Cet article se propose d'expliquer l'épidémie de distillation domestique que connut la société soviétique dans les années 20, en reliant la production clandestine d'eau-de-vie aux fluctuations des prix des céréales et à la politique du gouvernement soviétique à l'égard des paysans en général. Cet alcool apparaît comme un dérivé de la confrontation entre les paysans et le gouvernement.

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