Download e-book for kindle: Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History by Mark Lawrence Schrad

By Mark Lawrence Schrad

ISBN-10: 0190468815

ISBN-13: 9780190468811

ISBN-10: 0199755590

ISBN-13: 9780199755592

ISBN-10: 1522693505

ISBN-13: 9781522693505

Russia is known for its vodka, and its tradition of utmost intoxication. yet simply as vodka is relevant to the lives of many Russians, it's also primary to knowing Russian historical past and politics.

In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism isn't really hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, yet fairly their autocratic political approach, which has lengthy wielded vodka as a device of statecraft. via a chain of old investigations stretching from Ivan the bad via Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics offers the key heritage of the Russian country itself-a background that's soaking wet in liquor. Scrutinizing (rather than pushing aside) the position of alcohol in Russian politics yields a extra nuanced realizing of Russian heritage itself: from palace intrigues lower than the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet management, vodka is there in abundance.

Beyond shiny anecdotes, Schrad scours unique records and archival facts to respond to provocative ancient questions. How have Russia's rulers used alcohol to solidify their autocratic rule? What position did alcohol play in tsarist coups? was once Nicholas II's ill-fated prohibition a catalyst for the Bolshevik Revolution? may the Soviet Union became an international strength with no liquor? How did vodka politics give a contribution to the cave in of either communism and public wellbeing and fitness within the Nineties? How can the Kremlin conquer vodka's hurdles to provide better social health, prosperity, and democracy into the future?

Viewing Russian historical past in the course of the backside of the vodka bottle is helping us to appreciate why the "liquor query" is still vital to Russian excessive politics even today-almost a century after the difficulty were positioned to mattress in so much some other glossy country. certainly, spotting and confronting vodka's devastating political legacies could be the maximum political problem for this iteration of Russia's management, in addition to the next.

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