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Cambridge History of Scandinavia Volume 1, Prehistory to 1520 (Knut Helle) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 9780521472999
Cambridge History of Scandinavia Volume 1, Prehistory to 1520 (Knut Helle) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 9780521472999
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Title: The Cambridge History of Scandinavia Volume 1, Prehistory to 1520

Author: Helle, Knut

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2003

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521472999

Volumes: 1; Pages: 892

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The various countries and communities that constitute present-day Scandinavia consider themselves as integral parts of that larger region. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland share a common geographic, historic and socio-cultural distinctness that differs from the rest of Europe. This "distinctness" provides the rationale for compiling a comprehensive and comparative history of Scandinavia. The first volume in the series will be followed by two others.ContentsIntroduction Knut HellePart I. The Geography and Prehistory of Scandinavia1. The Scandinavian landscape and its resources--Ulf Sporrong2. The Stone and Bronze Ages--Ari Siiriinen3. The Iron Age--Bjorn Myhre4. Languages and ethnic groups--Michael BarnesPart II. From Vikings to Kings5. The Viking expansion--Peter Sawyer6. Viking culture--Else Roesdahl and Preben Meulengracht-Sorensen7. Scandinavia enters Christian Europe--Birgit Sawyer and Peter Sawyer8. Early political organisation8(a). Introductory survey--Thomas Lindkvist8(b). The making of the Danish kingdom--Inge Skovgaard-Petersen8(c). The early unification of--Norway Claus Krag8(d). The Norse communities of the western ocean--Magnes Stefnsson8(e). Kings and provinces in Sweden--Thomas LindkvistPart III. Material Growth (to c. 1350)9. Demographic conditions--Ole Jorgen Benedictow10. Rural conditions--Eljas Orrman11. Urbanisation--Hans AnderssonPart IV. The High Medieval Kingdoms12. Towards nationally organised systems of government12(a). Introductory Survey--Knut Helle12(b). The Danish kingdom; consolidation and disintegration--Inge Skovgaard-Petersen12(c). The Norwegian kingdom: succession disputes and consolidation--Knut Helle12(d). Sweden under the dynasty of the Folkungs--Herman Schck12(e). Growing inter-Scandinavian entanglement--Knut Helle13. Church and Society--Eljas OrrmanPart V. High and Late Medieval Culture14. Ideologies and mentalities--Sverre Bagge15. Literature--Lars Lnnroth, Vsteinn Olason and Anders Piltz16. Art and architecture--Anna Nilsn17. Music--Ingrid De GeerPart VI. Late Medieval Society18. Population and settlement--Jouko Vahtola19. The condition of the rural population--Eljas Orrman20. The towns--Gran Dahlbck21. The nobility of the late Middle Ages--Erik Ulsig22. Church and clergy--Lars HamrePart VII. Scandinavian Unions (1319-1520)23. The political system--Herman Schck24. Inter-Scandinavian relations--Jens E. OlesenConclusion--Knut HelleBibliographyIndexPrize WinnerCHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles, 2005Reviews"... this work is clearly designed to permit regular consultation in library collections for many decades. Essential."--Choice"... a significant addition to the growing literature on Nordic history ... an indispensable reference book for every major library. Thanks to good editing, it is highly readable and flows seamlessly from chapter to another. It is a volume not only for professional historians, but also a valuable research tool for college students and the general adult reading public."--History
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