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

Author: Mark Lawrence Schrad
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014] .
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Lawrence Schrad
ISBN: 9780190468811 0190468815
OCLC Number: 974777471
Description: XVII, 492 str. : ilustr. ; 25 cm.
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?.
Responsibility: Mark Lawrence Schrad.

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