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HIST 5516 The Vikings

This course will study the impact of the medieval Scandinavian peoples -- popularly known as Vikings -- on European and world history during the period 800-1100. As well as being infamous for their violent raids on settlements in Europe, the Vikings were also great traders and explorers: they were the first Europeans to reach America; they were employed as mercenaries by the Byzantine emperors; and were involved in the early political history of Russia. Drawing on a variety of historical, literary and archaeological sources, the course will examine the effects of Viking activities in the medieval world and will also look at the early development of the Scandinavian kingdoms. In addition, students will learn to read elementary Old Norse. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.

Spring Semester (David E. Thornton)

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