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Russian History: from Lenin to Putin

University of California, Santa Cruz via Coursera


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.


  • The 9th Century to the 1920s
  • The Great Patriotic War: Before and After
  • Reform, Stagnation, Collapse, Rebirth?

Taught by

Peter Kenez


4.5 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at Coursera based on 752 ratings

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  • Very interesting. The history and background of the Bolshevik revolution helps to explain why the Russian lifestyle is the way it is today. The secrets hidden to the outside world reveal a much more backward society since the revolution until today. Militarily they appeared to be a first world country while the rest of their culture was third world.
  • Margo
    Excellent course. I enjoyed listening to professor Kenez. Fascinating lectures, great photos and Russian music- it was like watching a film.

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