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Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State

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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…

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TIL Russia banned the sale of vodka during World War I. The government immediately lost a third of its income.(r/todayilearned)

Check out Vodka Politics. Russia’s economy and particularly its tax system has been closely linked to Vodka for centuries. It’s actually a huge problem as the state can’t effectively tackle alcoholism without the funds from alcohol.

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Mark Lawrence Schrad

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Oxford University Press

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TIL Russia banned the sale of vodka during World War I. The government immediately lost a third of its income.

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