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Russia is known for its vodka, and its tradition of utmost intoxication. yet simply as vodka is primary to the lives of many Russians, it's also principal to realizing Russian heritage and politics.
In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism isn't really hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, yet quite their autocratic political process, which has lengthy wielded vodka as a device of statecraft. via a chain of old investigations stretching from Ivan the poor via Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics offers the key background of the Russian nation itself-a historical past that's sopping wet in liquor. Scrutinizing (rather than brushing aside) the position of alcohol in Russian politics yields a extra nuanced figuring out of Russian historical past itself: from palace intrigues below the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet management, vodka is there in abundance.
Beyond bright anecdotes, Schrad scours unique records and archival proof 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 possibly the Soviet Union became a global energy with out liquor? How did vodka politics give a contribution to the cave in of either communism and public well-being within the Nineteen Nineties? How can the Kremlin triumph over vodka's hurdles to provide larger social future health, prosperity, and democracy into the future?
Viewing Russian background throughout the backside of the vodka bottle is helping us to appreciate why the "liquor question" is still very important to Russian excessive politics even today-almost a century after the problem were positioned to mattress in such a lot some other sleek country. certainly, spotting and confronting vodka's devastating political legacies could be the maximum political problem for this new release of Russia's management, in addition to the subsequent.
It is a stimulating and hugely unique selection of essays from a group of the world over well known specialists. The members reinterpret key matters and debates, together with political, social, cultural and foreign features of the Russian revolution stretching from the overdue imperial interval into the early Soviet nation.
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