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review Vodka Politics Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB Mark Lawrence Schrad Ô 3 read free download Vodka Politics 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 politicsIn 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 liuor Scrut I received a copy from the author as part of a Goodreads Giveaway After reading this book one might be led to believe that for the last few centuries Russia has been ruled by shamelessly inebriated and despotic rulers lording over an eually inebriated populace hurled into poverty starvation and oppression According to this book that assumption would be correctVodka has been an integral part of Russian identity for as long as it has existed and has permeated culture society and politics Schrad s book details how the early tsars used vodka as a political and economic tool as well as a way to essentially sedate and control His research turns up a few strange and entertaining stories such as Peter the Great s vodka fueled celebrations Stalin s late night dinners with the Presidium basically drinking sessions and also Yeltsin s stumbling and bumbling in the 90s Throughout the book Schrad never loses sight of the heart of his argument that vodka was and always will be an influence on politics in Russia The way I read it is that vodka is somewhat comparable to oil in the US in a few ways The two industries have considerable influence on the government and domestic policy and they are both huge industries with significant economic impact Both the dependence on vodka and oil can be used to control officials and the population but that may be where the comparison ends Schrad also spends some time addressing vodka s role in Russia s declining health and population If the statistics are accurate it s shocking how much vodka is consumed by Russians and the number of deaths and decline in life expectancy is something seen only in times of large scale conflicts like the 2nd World War Aside from the obvious health issues vodka actually creates a concern for the long term survival of the Russian people Although Schrad is an assistant professor of political science Vodka Politics is written in a way that s accessible to a wider audience He s the kind of writer who does a lot of research and can also tell a good story If you are a regular reader of publications like The Economist or The New Yorker you should read this book If you re interested in Russian politics of history you should find this book and start reading right now

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review Vodka Politics Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB Mark Lawrence Schrad Ô 3 read free download Vodka Politics D 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 futureViewing Russian history through the bottom of the vodka bottle helps us to understand why the liuor uestion 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 ne Available as an 18 plus hour audio download and well worth your time on the treadmill or driving to work now that we are as a nation preparing to cuddle up to the RussiansThesis at audiobook chapter 8 time 1015 I argue that the widespread problematic drinking habits of today are actually the product of political decisions made during the formation of the modern Russians state over four centuries agoAnd also audiobook chapter 24 time 3350 if there is one constant across the last five centuries it is that public well being is almost never the Kremlin s foremost concern especially when the greater good clashes with the financial needs of the state or those well connected to itSorehead carping I think it s a bad idea of perform all uotations from Russians or Russian sources in a voice which is a cross of the cartoon villain character of Boris Badinov and Ensign Chekov from Star Trek complete with w for v substitution ewentually willages I know it helps the listener keep track of which part of the text is a uotation but it still sounds silly

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review Vodka Politics Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB Mark Lawrence Schrad Ô 3 read free download Vodka Politics Inizing rather than dismissing the role of alcohol in Russian politics yields a 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 abundanceBeyond vivid anecdotes Schrad scours original documents and archival evidence to answer provocative historical uestions 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 liuor How di This summer I decided to register for Program 60 at The Ohio State University For my first experience with the program I had a list of about 40 classes that I wanted to take but eventually decided on Russian 235599 Russians and their Vodka This course and book Vodka Politics was about the role vodka plays in the politics and culture of Russia The author s thesis is that vodka has long served as a tool of statecraft that allowed an autocratic government to remain in place Russian leaders have used it as a form of social control and source of state income Schrad explains that the government of Russia controls every part of alcohol trade in the country production to consumption This is such a lucrative monopoly that up to a third of the state s revenues have come from alcohol especially vodka which is inexpensive and simple to makeSchrad goes on to explain that democracies and dictatorships alike extract resources from society and most have utilized alcohol in that capacity However Russian leaders have used alcohol as a tool to keep the people under control A happy drunk citizenry is unable to rebel and able to drown their misery in alcoholThe result is a country where by 1985 Russians consumed on average of 149 liters of pure alcohol per person per year according to the World Health Organization anything over 8 liters is damaging to the overall health of the population Those 149 liters are the euivalent of 130 conventional half liter bottles of vodka per person per yearBy the end of the 70 s the average life span for a male in the Soviet Union was 625 years Nixon even had to have Brezhnev carried to bed when he was in the USThrough historic events and even documents Schrad demonstrates that the tsars and leaders like Stalin would often use vodka to keep those close by off balance and suspicious of one another and keep serfs happy and passive enough not to rebel Schrad s thesis that vodka serves as an autocratic statecraft tool in Russia is overall compelling To keep control of the people and centralize that control among a few persons Russian leaders have tried to keep people happy distracted and unengaged As the author states in his afterward vodka politics is about the fundamental relationship between the Russian citizenry and their state with the vodka bottle in between It is a relationship no healthier than the relationship between two people when one or both suffer from alcoholism Even though Schrad often suggests that several of the rulers themselves suffered from alcoholism which most certainly influenced what they did as leaders what most convinced me that vodka politics plays a central role in the government of Russia is his evidence from the time of the first tsars to the present showing that vodka was often one of the greatest sources of income for the State It was the money from vodka that allowed the government to act Ironically however a drunk country is unable to be productive or thrive What also was convincing about his thesis is his evidence showing that when various leaders such as Tsar Nicholas II Lenin and even Gorbachev tried to limit or even prohibit alcohol because of the problems it created the government often collapsed as funds dried up people suffered from austerity and even dangerous homebrews samogon filtered into society Though these vodka reformsprohibitions may be correlated with rather than a cause of the collapse of government Schrad presents so much evidence that I am largely convinced that vodka and the change of government though always autocratic are than coincidence Though at times I felt Schrad s thesis might be a bit too simplified and generalized overall he supported it with enough evidence and critical thinking to leave me open to his idea

  • Hardcover
  • 492
  • Vodka Politics
  • Mark Lawrence Schrad
  • English
  • 06 May 2019
  • 9780199755592