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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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Aug 29, 2019

My first ever online course, and what a great start. The Professor leading it was very good at explaining the fasicating and recent history of Russia with a personal touch. 5/5


Mar 26, 2018

Great class and the professor did an excellent job relaying the information. Honestly, I wish it was a little longer and a little more in depth. Definitely, learned a lot.

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By Sarah A

Mar 04, 2020

This is an excellent overview of Russian history from Lenin to present, and is perfect for the beginner. Well taught and explained, and quite comprehensive for such a short (3 week) course. Thank you, Professor Kenez!

By Keith D

Jun 15, 2019

This course fully met my expectations and I learned a ton from the class. I feel like I have a more informed viewpoint of Russian history, and why Russians may see world events through a different lens.

By Чащин Д В

Nov 11, 2019

Interesting course, I'll like to continue this with more details

By Norbert C

Jul 08, 2019

Great short course on Russian history--a sweeping overview.

By Adriana A

Mar 19, 2018

Great course! It really helps to understand Russia history

By Tetiana S

Mar 30, 2020

This course is very interesting and engaging.

By Anubhav R

Jun 02, 2018

Really nice, accurate and informative course.

By Yuliya U

Feb 09, 2018

Thanks to Dr. Kenez! Very interesting course!

By Philopatear A B S

Feb 20, 2020

Excellent teacher with excellent content

By Joshua C S B

Jan 28, 2018

Amazing experience for a Mexican student


May 27, 2019

Thank you for this course. Very great.

By Ivan O

Dec 29, 2017

Excellent course and great lecturer.

By Antônio M G

Oct 21, 2017

Professor Peter Kenez is amazing!

By Risovas, J J

Jan 22, 2018

Fantastic revelation, thank you!

By Marie K

May 10, 2019

Great lecture, thanks a lot!

By Li W Y

May 07, 2018

interesting course!!!

By Diego P

Jun 08, 2018

Very good, thank you

By Xinchen W

Oct 18, 2019

It is very helpful!

By Julian M

Sep 07, 2019

Excellent course

By Paul K

Apr 26, 2018

Отличный курс!

By Roberto M R

Sep 24, 2019

Great course!

By Clifton L

Jun 20, 2019

Great Course

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By Willem v G

May 05, 2018

Thank you very much Professor Peter Kenez for the instructive and interesting course which I have almost finished only the essay and reviewing peers are remaining. I wish I had been taught the history of Russia up till the time of me going to primary school when I was young.

Indeed, the Russian people have suffered a lot and it is no wonder that they see Putin as their rescuer, whether he really is there rescuer will be shown in the future. I am not very optimistic.

On the other hand, the communist system which created shortages asked for corruption and I think that not one Russian has not misused the system in the past, it has become part of life. That a few people, the oligarchs exploited the new situation is in no way defendable but was the outcome of a rotten system.

What I missed in the course is any talk about the Vory, the Russian mafia which was there even in Stalin’s period and which is at the moment in command in Russia according to the book” The Vory” from Mark Galeotti. Especially in the lesson “Shock therapy” I think the Vory should have been mentioned because of the crimes they committed during that time.