'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 co-author of Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated, available from Tayen Lane Publishing. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various publications including Sun Monthly, Dissident Voice, (more...)