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Incredible lecture in this Scandinavian series. Teo is an excellent teacher...I have learned so much on a subject that I did not know much about!
Thoroughly enjoyable and well-presented - Teo was able to cover a good deal of complex history in a way that was accessible and relevant for travelers.
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Excellent presentation on Sweden and Scandinavian history. I appreciated the history as well as modern context of the issues Sweden faces. Dr. Ruiz did a very good job.
Dr. Ruiz knows so much. But his topic is vast. What can be done in a 1-1/2 online seminar? Slides with bullets, accompanied by a commentary that consists mainly of recitation of names, dates, key events, doesn't help with retention. What's needed, from at least my perspective, is the introduction of 1 or 2 overarching themes, and then a presentation that tells a story that supports that theme. I am a prodigious reader of historical analysis, never miss a reading a footnote and often look up related references. I've also spent about 10 weeks traveling in the Baltic & Scandinavian countries, loved the experience and have continued to "visit" through reading, movies, TV series, etc. I found this seminar tedious and ultimately mind-numbing. With the exception of now knowing the proper use the term "Viking," I still feel uninformed about the history of this part of the world, at least prior to the 18th c.