The Cambridge History of Scandinavia, Issue 1

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Knut Helle
Cambridge University Press, Sep 4, 2003 - History - 872 pages
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This volume presents a comprehensive exposition of both the prehistory and medieval history of the whole of Scandinavia. The first part of the volume surveys the prehistoric and historic Scandinavian landscape and its natural resources, and tells how man took possession of this landscape, adapting culturally to changing natural conditions and developing various types of community throughout the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The rest - and most substantial part of the volume - deals with the history of Scandinavia from the Viking Age to the end of the Scandinavian Middle Ages (c. 1520). The external Viking expansion opened Scandinavia to European influence to a hitherto unknown degree. A Christian church organisation was established, the first towns came into being, and the unification of the three medieval kingdoms of Scandinavia began, coinciding with the formation of the unique Icelandic 'Free State'.
  

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Contents

PART I
13
The Stone and Bronze Ages
43
The Iron Age
60
Languages and ethnic groups
94
The Viking expansion
105
Viking culture
121
Scandinavia enters Christian Europe
147
Early political organisation
160
HIGH AND LATE MEDIEVAL CULTURE
463
Literature
487
Art and architecture
521
Music
550
Population and settlement
559
The condition of the rural population
581
The towns
611
The nobility of the late Middle Ages
635

Demographic conditions
237
Rural conditions
250
Urbanisation
312
Towards nationally organised systems of government
345
Church and society
421
Church and clergy
653
PART VII
677
InterScandinavian relations
710
primary sources general surveys and secondary works
801
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Knut Helle is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Bergen.

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