From my point of view, the main motive of their actions wasimplementation of behavioral attitudes ofthe traditional type of thinking. Going to serve the king and fatherland, the peasant passed from one social and existential state in another. No longer he himself disposed of his actions and even hislife, and the state entirely and completely possessed them. Through it, the peasant felt moreclosely co-owned state, became part of the state mechanism. This theoretical premise isconfirmed by the words themselves obilized, whose slogan at the door of the wine shops was:”Vodka sovereign, and we are sovereigns, and whoever does not give it to us is a traitor 22.Sitting down on reair horses, the replacement stated to the officer that the horses are now belongto them 23. Similar reasoning explains persistence and the determination of themobilized: even the harshest and obvious illegal actions they considered to be legitimate.
However the question of what so strictly defined the purpose of their action. From my pointof view, alcohol appears here as necessary attribute ritual fastening transition to a new state. Inmost cultural traditions this or that intoxicating drink is used as a means of achieving a particularsacred condition a kind of mediator between different stages of life that perceived bytraditional consciousness as qualitatively different forms human existence. This feature is anintoxicating drink everywhere performs in wedding rituals, at baptism (naming), on memorialmeal24.
In the present case, the liquor was strongly must be mobilized in order tosecuretheir transition in the state of “state people” with all the attributes and functions of this statesthat they have been repeatedly reminded of by propaganda, which argued about thedutyof the Orthodox warrior. We can not ignore the fact that the core unrest mobilized were minersotkhodniki. On the one hand, they were more accustomed to riotous life, and on the other the miners became unrest leaders because they had less awe local representatives of the law beingessentially outsiders in the county people and having richer life experience that made themmore independent. Over time, war has become a familiar peasant environment of existence.The absence of alcohol was legalized and comprehended.
Numerous military appeals lostthe shade of novelty, extraordinary and routinely, without “drunken riots.” On the first placeamong the grounds for unrest came the justice of conscription to Army. On this basis,discontent with the police, free from need to go to the front25. In the minds of the massesmobilized by the police more clearly perceived as extraneous and hostile force. Anillustrative(and only in the province) example of such sentiments are events in Mtsensk in September 1915.