Module 03: 1917 — Did the War Cause a Revolution?

Evidence 9: Photograph of Russian Army Officers Taking Tea

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By banning alcohol at the outset of the war, the government hoped to maintain public order and avoid the drunken rioting that had accompanied the revolutionary upheaval of 1905-6. Prohibition came at considerable expense, however, since the sale of vodka accounted for nearly one-fourth of the government's total revenues in 1913. In this photograph, Russian officers gather around the samovar to drink tea.


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National Geographic XXXI(3) (March 1917): 217.

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