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To Understand Modern Russia, Univ of Virginia Students Review 1,000 Years of History

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"I want to give a more balanced view of the history of Russian-American relations," Professor Urbanovich said. "From the beginning of this country, Russian-American relations were remarkably good, on the whole, right up until 1917 and the Bolshevik takeover.  "By the way, Thomas Jefferson mentioned in one of his letters that Russia was a most friendly nation to the U.S.."

This closeness is one of the things that surprised second-year student Jessica Stanfield, of Chincoteague, a foreign affairs and Spanish major who took the class because she did not know a lot of the history between Russia and the U.S. She was surprised by how much the two cooperated before the Russian Revolution.  "It's been a very intense week," she said. "I've learned that there is a lot I don't know. This will help me with understanding the world - and now there are several more things I want to learn."
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Natylie Baldwin is author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations available in e-book and print. She has traveled throughout western Russia since 2015 and has written several articles based on her conversations and interviews with a cross-section of Russians. She blogs at  (more...)

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