Apr 14, 2020
I recommend anyone interested in this period of Russian history to take the course. Professor Kenez is an authority on the period and delivers an excellent overview of the time.
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
por Alena R•
Nov 01, 2018
Thank you for the course! As a russian I had a great opportunity to look at the history of my country form another point of view. Brilliant!
por Stephen T•
Dec 22, 2017
A very interesting and well-presented course which dovetails nicely with Stalin and Stalinism. It is simply designed and easy to follow.
por JOHN Q•
Oct 22, 2017
Nice review of Russian History over the past century. I really enjoyed the course. Thanks so much!
Feb 04, 2020
The topic was very interesting, and I was very fond of Professor Kenez and his presentation style.
por Olga S•
Mar 09, 2019
Thank you, professor, for your deep understanding of Russian history and Russian soul.
por Armando B M•
Jan 29, 2019
Great course!!!! Thank you very much prof. Peter kenez. I've learned a lot!!!!!!
por Daniel D•
Apr 11, 2018
Está increíble. Gran profesor, gran clase. Thank you very much for this.
por Ricardo M A•
Apr 07, 2019
I had the feeling of great impartiality in this course.
por Elisandra S•
May 31, 2018
Wonderful course. Very well structured and dynamic!
por Shaleen P•
Jun 14, 2018
Very clear and in-depth discussion of events.
por Yasiru R•
Aug 15, 2018
Good course to learn the Russian History. <3
por Drue C•
Dec 05, 2017
Very interesting information, unfortunately had to drop it while attempting to balance high school material. The professor had some instances where it was extremely difficult to understand him, and the transcript at times was incomprehensible (which, I assume, is a result of poor transcription). 100% would complete this course if I had the time to.
por Joy S•
Jan 01, 2018
As an American, I learned that there has been misunderstanding about the Russians in my country. They have a different way of thinking than we do and some of the things they said have been misconstrued. They have had difficult times and are not the monsters we have been taught they were.
por Stella M•
Dec 23, 2017
A great introduction to Russian history.
por Shaun L T G•
Jun 23, 2020
Appreciate the wealth of information Prof Kenez has and the attempts to tell the history of Russia, capturing the period of the last hundred years in three weeks. However, I found certain parts difficult to understand and some of the points brought in do not fit the lecture. In "Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact", Prof Kenez brought in the Finnish-Russian War where the Russian losses were 6x that of Finnish ones though the link to the actual pact is quite unclear. In "German Invasion of the Soviet Union", the telling is quite unclear and I had to read the transcript a few times to make sense of the military history behind Germany's invasion of Russia. Around 11:06, he says that even if the Nazis captured Moscow, they would have lost the war but doesn't explain why. This will then make you think that the Russians somehow managed to halt the Nazis but around 11:49, he says that Stalin attempted a counterattack which wasn't quite successful. While I appreciate the effort to take us through the twists and turns, I often had to read the transcript a few times to gain greater clarity of the topic.
por Tetiana D•
Nov 20, 2017
up to the last lecture it was more or less ok. But the last lecture is outrageous. Almost all of its statements took directly from russian propaganda. If i were more paranoid I would think that it is paid by russia propaganda, but maybe professor watched to much russia today channel. I don't recommend to take this course it, especially last part. It is misleading and full of inaccuracy with facts. If you want more detailed analysis see my post in discussion forum week3
por Annie M•
Apr 12, 2019
The professor may well know his subject but he cannot lecture. His speech is so slow and the sentences complex, therefore making it difficult to follow. I'll just read the text I bought. Coursera, you failed again.
por BRIAN K C C A A A A A A•
Jul 13, 2020
Professor Peter Kenez’s course entitled: Russian History from Lenin to Putin, The University of California, Santa Clara was my 19th course that I have taken through Coursera. I have been an active participant in Coursera since March 2015.
I will state unequivocally that this Russian history class was definitely in the top five, possibly top three and possibly even the finest course that I have taken.
Professor is a kind gentleman, who imparts his highly organized lectures in a calm tone, a placid pace and with a thorough and complete mastery of the topic. His optics and his illustrations as well as the music that he chooses lend a great deal to his series of lectures and his heart felt invocation at the end of the course, asking us for a level of understanding of Russian middle class aspirations is moving. I highly recommend this particular history class.
por Vivienne M•
Apr 14, 2020
I have learned many new things and I really liked the subject.
To follow this course you need some background information, such as what Stalinism is or who Marx is or Bolsjeviks are. I had some information learned at high school in the Netherlands, so i could follow it.
I advise to give a bit more attention to the cold war.I've learned other perspectives now, but for me I couldn't follow the origin and the development of it. It looked now if it only ended because of the major financial investments in military, but there were also other negotations I guess?
But I really liked the course and I'm curious to learn more about this country. I even bought a book:
frank westerman - engineers of the soul . You would like it (about the role of authors in the 20th century)
por pierre v•
Feb 11, 2018
What a gem of a course! I loved everything about it. When I was a boy in the 1970s, my interest in history was kick started by an ITV series called 'The World at War', with Laurence Olivier as the narrator. It was fascinating to me. The thrill of listening to this series of lectures, reconnected me with the excitement and sense of wonder which I experienced back then. Peter Kenez has so much knowledge on this subject, and his presentation and treatment of the information was fascinating. I gained so much insight into the history of Russia and the events which shaped modern day Russia. Thank you for enriching my life and allowing me to see the world in new ways.
por Carol L S•
Jan 28, 2020
The material was presented in a very clear and coherent way. I knew a little about Russian history from my study of theatre. This course filled in many gaps and gave me a better understanding of the Russian people--more compassion for them than I already had. The lectures were excellent and the quizzes helped to re-enforce material covered in the lectures. The only thing I found disappointing was that there was no interaction in the discussion forums. The professor interacting with us or TAs interacting with us would have encouraged more students to get involved. In some classes I've learned almost as much in the discussion forums as from the lectures.
por Maksim H•
Dec 20, 2017
I cannot recommend this course more than giving it five stars. Actually a one-star review have sparked my interest to go through the history of my motherland from the perspective of the foreign professor. Reviewer claimed that professor is biased towards Putin and watches Russia Today all the time. It cannot be further from the truth! After listening week three I am convinced that this "reviewer" is actually a Kremlin-paid-troll whose only aim to discredit this material.
The story is filled with empathy to russian people and I am genuinely grateful to professor Kenez for sharing these lectures and his efforts to shed light on troubled russian history.
por Mª E U G d S•
Aug 04, 2020
Encuentro que es un curso fantástico. Para empezar la metodología es muy cómoda. Los vídeos están muy bien hechos. No es que sean una gran producción, pero me gusta el hecho de que se grabe al profesor hablando (lo hace más cercano) y se combine con imágenes (te ayuda mucho a hacerte una idea de lo que se está hablando). Otra cosa que me ha gustado es que los vídeos hablan de una sola idea: esto es genial porque puede profundizar en ella a la vez que son vídeos cortos. Es un curso que recomendaría.
por Leo P•
Aug 13, 2019
I came across this course as a second thought. I don't know anything about Russian History aside from the very basics and what one can catch from watching the news. However, to listen to Peter Kenez speak is a blessing. He is informative without being pedantic and does something that is often taken for granted, he passes on his passion for the subject to the students. I am now incredibly interested in Russian history, even as far as implementing it into my work. Thank you Coursera!
por jose l r•
May 20, 2020
Interesante y llevadero. Dan ganas de seguir cada vez que uno termina uno de los videos. Muy bien el Prof. Kenez.
Sugiero tan solo que se recomienden lecturas al final de cada Semana; si puede haber alguna explicación de las fotos mas significativas que aparecen sería de buena ayuda para la comprensión de cada clase .
Y agregar un curso sobre la cultura rusa en los siglos 19 y 20.
Muchas gracias por la posibilidad de aprender en forma gratuita. Felicitaciones.