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This course introduces students to a period of warfare and pillage, political turmoil and social transformation, but also economic expansion and cultural innovation. In 795 Viking raiders attacked the Christian monastic community on Iona in the Scottish western isles. From then on their activities extended from Denmark, Norway and Sweden to Continental Europe, North America, Russia, and the Mediterranean Basin. Over time they became transformed from heathen raiders into Christianized settlers. In Iceland they created a republic which has remained Scandinavian in culture; elsewhere, for instance Britain, Ireland, and Russia, they adopted and modified the host culture. Download course guide
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
This course analyses the so-called "Viking Age". It invites students to critically consider whether the concept of the "Viking" can be usefully applied in order to to understand the history of Europe and beyond in the period c. 800-1200.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%); 2500 word essay (40%).
Chairing discussions, individual classroom presentations, exercise of essay preparation, individual essay return.