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Vodka politics : alcohol, autocracy, and the secret history of the Russian state, Mark Lawrence Schrad

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Vodka politics : alcohol, autocracy, and the secret history of the Russian state
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Vodka politics
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alcohol, autocracy, and the secret history of the Russian state
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Mark Lawrence Schrad
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eng
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Overview: Russia is famous for its vodka, and its culture of extreme intoxication. But just as vodka is central to the lives of many Russians, it is also central to understanding Russian history and politics. In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism is not hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, but rather their autocratic political system, which has long wielded vodka as a tool of statecraft. Through a series of historical investigations stretching from Ivan the Terrible through Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics presents the secret history of the Russian state itself-a history that is drenched in liquor. Scrutinizing (rather than dismissing) the role of alcohol in Russian politics yields a more nuanced understanding of Russian history itself: from palace intrigues under the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet leadership, vodka is there in abundance. Beyond vivid anecdotes, Schrad scours original documents and archival evidence to answer provocative historical questions. How have Russia's rulers used alcohol to solidify their autocratic rule? What role did alcohol play in tsarist coups? Was Nicholas II's ill-fated prohibition a catalyst for the Bolshevik Revolution? Could the Soviet Union have become a world power without liquor? How did vodka politics contribute to the collapse of both communism and public health in the 1990s? How can the Kremlin overcome vodka's hurdles to produce greater social well-being, prosperity, and democracy into the future? Viewing Russian history through the bottom of the vodka bottle helps us to understand why the "liquor question" remains important to Russian high politics even today-almost a century after the issue had been put to bed in most every other modern state. Indeed, recognizing and confronting vodka's devastating political legacies may be the greatest political challenge for this generation of Russia's leadership, as well as the next
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ICU/DLC
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362.2920947
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illustrations
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index present
LC call number
HV5513
LC item number
.S37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
Vodka politics : alcohol, autocracy, and the secret history of the Russian state, Mark Lawrence Schrad
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-472) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Vodka politics -- Cruel liquor: Ivan the Terrible and alcohol in the Muscovite court -- Peter the Great: modernization and intoxication -- Russia's empresses: power, conspiracy, and vodka -- Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka -- Why vodka? Russian statecraft and the origins of addiction -- Vodka and the origins of corruption -- Vodka domination, vodka resistance -- The pen, the sword, and the bottle -- Drunk at the front: alcohol and the imperial Russian army -- Nicholas the Drunk, Nicholas the Sober -- Did prohibition cause the Russian revolution? -- Vodka communism -- Industrialization, collectivization, alcoholization -- Vodka and dissent in the Soviet Union -- Gorbachev and the (vodka) politics of reform -- Did alcohol make the Soviets collapse? -- The bottle and Boris Yeltsin -- Alcohol and the demodernization of Russia -- The Russian cross -- The rise and fall of Putin's champion -- Medvedev against history -- An end to vodka politics?
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25 cm
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xvii, 492 pages
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9780199755592
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(hardback : acid-free paper)
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2013028225
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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