Download E-books Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State PDF

By Mark Lawrence Schrad

Russia is known for its vodka, and its tradition of utmost intoxication. yet simply as vodka is important to the lives of many Russians, it's also imperative to knowing Russian background and politics.

In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism isn't really hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, yet fairly their autocratic political method, which has lengthy wielded vodka as a device of statecraft. via a sequence of old investigations stretching from Ivan the bad via Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics offers the key heritage of the Russian kingdom itself-a background that's sopping wet in liquor. Scrutinizing (rather than pushing aside) the function of alcohol in Russian politics yields a extra nuanced knowing of Russian background itself: from palace intrigues below the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet management, vodka is there in abundance.

Beyond brilliant anecdotes, Schrad scours unique records and archival facts to respond to provocative historic questions. How have Russia's rulers used alcohol to solidify their autocratic rule? What function did alcohol play in tsarist coups? used to be Nicholas II's ill-fated prohibition a catalyst for the Bolshevik Revolution? may perhaps the Soviet Union became a global energy with no liquor? How did vodka politics give a contribution to the cave in of either communism and public healthiness within the Nineteen Nineties? How can the Kremlin triumph over vodka's hurdles to provide better social overall healthiness, prosperity, and democracy into the future?

Viewing Russian historical past in the course of the backside of the vodka bottle is helping us to appreciate why the "liquor query" continues to be vital to Russian excessive politics even today-almost a century after the difficulty were positioned to mattress in such a lot another glossy nation. 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 next.

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Download E-books A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 PDF

By Orlando Figes

It's background on an epic but human scale. immense in scope, exhaustive in unique examine, written with ardour, narrative ability, and human sympathy, A People's Tragedy is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a brand new iteration. Many think about the Russian Revolution to be the main major occasion of the 20th century. exotic student Orlando Figes offers a landscape of Russian society at the eve of that revolution, after which narrates the tale of the way those social forces have been violently erased. in the vast stokes of battle and revolution are miniature histories of people, during which Figes follows the most avid gamers' fortunes as they observed their hopes die and their global crash into ruins. not like earlier money owed that hint the origins of the revolution to overreaching political forces and beliefs, Figes argues that the failure of democracy in 1917 was once deeply rooted in Russian tradition and social heritage and that what had all started as a people's revolution contained the seeds of its degeneration into violence and dictatorship. A People's Tragedy is a masterful and unique synthesis by means of a mature student, provided in a compelling and accessibly human narrative.

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Download E-books Modernising Lenin's Russia: Economic Reconstruction, Foreign Trade and the Railways (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies) PDF

By Anthony Heywood

During this publication Anthony Heywood reassesses Bolshevik attitudes towards fiscal modernization and overseas financial family through the early Soviet interval. according to hitherto unused Russian and Western information, the ebook examines a unprecedented choice made in March 1920 to import huge amounts of railway apparatus with a view to in attaining quick financial modernization. this can be the 1st distinctive case learn of the government's import coverage, and gives readers with a brand new point of view on Soviet financial improvement, revealing the size of Bolshevik company dealings with the capitalist West instantly after the Revolution.

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Download E-books Gulag: A History PDF

By Anne Applebaum

The Gulag--a monstrous array of Soviet focus camps that held thousands of political and legal prisoners--was a approach of repression and punishment that terrorized the full society, embodying the worst traits of Soviet communism. during this magisterial and acclaimed background, Anne Applebaum bargains the 1st absolutely documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins within the Russian Revolution, via its enlargement lower than Stalin, to its cave in within the period of glasnost. Applebaum in detail re-creates what lifestyles used to be like within the camps and hyperlinks them to the bigger background of the Soviet Union. instantly famous as a landmark and long-overdue paintings of scholarship, Gulag is a necessary e-book for a person who needs to appreciate the historical past of the 20th century.

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Download E-books The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp PDF

By Marin Katusa

How the big energy shift in Russia threatens the political dominance of the United States

There is a brand new chilly struggle underway, pushed by means of an important geopolitical energy shift to Russia that went nearly ignored around the globe. In The less warm conflict: How the worldwide strength exchange Slipped from America's Grasp, strength professional Marin Katusa takes a glance on the methods the western global is wasting keep watch over of the power industry, and what could be performed approximately it.

Russia is in the middle of a quick monetary and geopolitical renaissance less than the guideline of Vladimir Putin, a tenacious KGB officer became modern day tsar. knowing his upward push to energy offers the keys to figuring out the shift within the power exchange from Saudi Arabia to Russia. This strong new place threatens to resolve the political dominance of the USA as soon as and for all.

  • Discover how political coups, adversarial takeovers, and assassinations have introduced Russia to the guts of the world's power market
  • Follow Putin's upward push to energy and the way it has ended in an frightening of the worldwide stability of trade
  • Learn how Russia toppled a new release of robber barons and located itself because the strongest strength within the strength market
  • Study Putin's long-range plans and their capability impression at the usa and the U.S. dollar

If Putin's plans are winning, not just will Russia be ready to starve different international locations of strength, however the BRIC international locations (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) will change the G7 in wealth and clout. The less warm War takes a troublesome examine what's to come back in a brand new international power industry that's guaranteed to reason exceptional influence at the U.S. buck and the yankee approach of life.

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Download E-books High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Krushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis PDF

By Max Frankel

One of many giants of yank journalism now re-creates an unforgettable time–in which the entire global feared extinction. High midday within the chilly War captures the Cuban Missile quandary in a brand new gentle, from contained in the hearts and minds of the well-known males who provoked and, within the nick of time, resolved the confrontation.

Using his own thoughts of overlaying the clash, and amassing facts from contemporary files and new scholarship and testimony, Max Frankel corrects greatly held misconceptions concerning the video game of “nuclear bird” performed via John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in October 1962, whilst Soviet missiles have been secretly planted in Cuba and geared toward the United States.

High midday within the chilly War portrays an embattled younger American presidentnot jaunty and callow as extensively believed, yet more and more calm and statesmanlikeand a Russian ruler who used to be not just a “wily outdated peasant” yet an insecure belligerent wanting to in attaining credibility. right here, too, are forgotten heroes like John McCone, the conservative Republican CIA head whose instinct made him an important determine in White condo debates.

In detailing the disastrous miscalculations of the 2 superpowers (the U.S. notion the Soviets may by no means installation missiles to Cuba; the Soviets concept the U.S. must acquiesce) and the way Kennedy and Khrushchev thrust back hotheads of their personal councils, this attention-grabbing e-book re-creates the whole tale of the scariest come upon of the chilly conflict, as advised via a grasp reporter.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books Under Western Eyes PDF

By Joseph Conrad

Hailed as considered one of Joseph Conrad's best literary achievements, this is often the tale of a tender guy unwittingly stuck within the political turmoil of pre-Revolutionary czarist Russia.

A gripping novel that eventually questions our capability for ethical power and the depths of human integrity. This re-creation comprises statement and a interpreting crew consultant.

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Download E-books Sleepwalking with the Bomb PDF

During this up to date and improved moment variation, Sleepwalking with the Bomb indicates how we will be able to avert nuclear disaster. It deals primary faces, instances and areas to demonstrate how the civilized global can face the main urgent nuclear hazards. Drawing from either background and present occasions, John Wohlstetter assembles in a single position an built-in, coherent and concise photo that explains how most sensible to prevent the "apocalyptic trinity"--suicide, genocide and surrender--in confronting rising nuclear threats.

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Download E-books The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky (Modern Library) PDF

By David Magarshack

This assortment, specific to the fashionable Library, gathers seven of Dostoevsky's key works and indicates him to be both adept on the brief tale as with the unconventional. Exploring a number of the similar subject matters as in his longer works, those small masterpieces circulate from the gentle and romantic White Nights, an archetypal nineteenth-century morality story of pathos and loss, to the recognized Notes from the Underground, a narrative of guilt, ineffectiveness, and uncompromising cynicism, and the 1st significant paintings of existential literature. between Dostoevsky's prototypical characters is Yemelyan in The sincere Thief, whose tragedy activates an lack of ability to withstand crime. awarded in chronological order, in David Magarshack's celebrated translation, this is often the definitive version of Dostoevsky's top tales.

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Download E-books Mannen utan ansikte PDF

By Masha Gessen

Efter att ha kommit until eventually makten som premiärminister och därefter president i Ryssland 1999 har Vladimir Putin gradvis utmanövrerat och eliminerat sina politiska rivaler. Han har nedmonterat landets sköra demokrati, inte minst genom sitt järnhårda grepp om medierna.

Som verksam i Ryssland har den rysk-amerikanska journalisten Masha Gessen själv upplevt denna förändring och fått bevittna hur flera av hennes vänner och kolleger trakasserats och försvunnit lower than oklara omständigheter. Hon företräder den new release som satsade allt på frihetens och demokratins väg för Ryssland efter Sovjetunionens fall. I dag hör hon until dem som går i främsta ledet i demonstrationerna mot valfusk och vanstyre.

Mannen utan ansikte är en sensationell, modig och upprörande berättelse om Putins väg until makten. Den ger en unik och initierad bild av en skrupelfri och manipulerande ledare för ett av världens största och mäktigaste länder.

Ur bokens förord av Stig Fredrikson: "Masha Gessen beskriver Rysslands moderna historia inifrån. Hon är en journalist som varit med själv. Hon har upplevt och rapporterat om alla de viktigaste händelserna i Ryssland de senaste tjugo åren som korrespondent för amerikanska och ryska tidskrifter. Dessutom bygger boken på en omfattande och imponerande examine. Den är ett stycke klassisk undersökande journalistik, och Masha Gessen har delvis haft tillgång until eventually källor som inte har berättat tidigare. Det gör boken mer övertygande, och skrämmande. Att hon har fått vissa nyckelpersoner att ställa upp och framträda med namn, i stället för att citera anonyma källor, stärker i hög grad hennes framställning. Masha Gessen är medveten om att innehållet i boken är politisk dynamit. Hon vet också att hon i fortsättningen förmodligen riskerar sin personliga säkerhet. Spåren förskräcker. Av alla Putinböckerna i min bokhylla är det fram until nu en som har stuckit ut: den som Anna Politkovskaja skrev om "Putins Ryssland". Nu kommer Masha Gessens bok att stå bredvid Politkovskajas, med hopp om att hon inte ska behöva dela hennes öde."

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