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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Russian History: from Lenin to Putin by University of California, Santa Cruz

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About the Course

In this course, Peter Kenez, Professor Emeritus at UC Santa Cruz, explains the events of modern Russian history and introduces its most significant actors—from Vladimir Lenin to Vladimir Putin....

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Sep 14, 2020

I found that course had a central theme, the incompatibility of the Communist structures with an increase in the standard of living, that was well documented from the time of Lenin to that of Putin.


Jul 18, 2022

Very informative and well presented. Professor Kenez gives a thorough explanation of why Russia is what it is. It's the history from the Czarist regime to the common era. Thank you, Professor!

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By Ansa B

Feb 20, 2021

It was a great course, learnt a lot in short time.

By Matheus B e S

Mar 29, 2022

Aulas super conscisas mas com bastante conteúdo.


Jan 6, 2021

Very interesting. Thanks a lot M Kenez.

By Jose G

Aug 21, 2021

1​00% recommend if you love history.

By Kristopher E

Jun 17, 2021

D​r. Kenez is so warm and dedicated.

By Maria J O

Mar 23, 2021

Curso maravilhoso, aprendi muito

By Richard J M

Aug 30, 2021

Excellent in all respects.

By Sam T

Mar 22, 2021



Jul 16, 2021

I was always interested in Russian history and culture but I never had the opportunity to really dig into it. When I saw the course, I enrolled immediately and I am glad that I did so. Although the point of view was a little "american", it still was fascinating and objective. It really gave me the knowledge I expected and motivated me to learn more about the subjects taught and make my own opinions about every incident mentioned. Thank you prof. Kenez!

By Satyajit K

Aug 10, 2021

Very elaborative presentation of Russian history by Prof. Peter Kenez. But, very limited insight is given on Soviet economic progress, scientific advances or its foreign relations during the tenure of different Soviet premiers. The causes and subsequent repercussions of Soviet's Afgan war are not discussed.

By Anne S

Aug 9, 2022

Good overview, especially over more recent Russian history. I f​ound it interesting, learned things and especially enjoyed working on an essay at the end. I would have liked the lectures to be a bit more concise, and sometimes the quiz questions seemed a bit arbitrary to me.

By Ian T

Mar 6, 2022

An interesting short course on Russian History, fills in some of the gaps in my knowledge.

By Сосунова М

Mar 2, 2022

Russian policy is being assessed from an American point of view

By Soren G

Mar 2, 2021

I would have given 5 stars with more detail and depth. I think the professor was very knowledgeable and good at explaining the connections, but I felt the course was too short.