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The Cambridge History of Scandinavia

The Cambridge History of Scandinavia

Volume 1. Prehistory to 1520

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Part of The Cambridge History of Scandinavia

Knut Helle, Ulf Sporrong, Ari Siiriäinen, Bjørn Myhre, Michael Barnes, Peter Sawyer, Else Roesdahl, Preben Meulengracht-Sørensen, Birgit Sawyer, Thomas Lindkvist, Inge Skovgaard-Petersen, Claus Krag, Magnús Stefánsson, Ole Jørgen Benedictow, Eljas Orrman, Hans Andersson, Herman Schück, Sverre Bagge, Lars Lönnroth, Vésteinn Ólason, Anders Piltz, Anna Nilsén, Ingrid De Geer, Jouko Vahtola, Göran Dahlbäck, Erik Ulsig, Lars Hamre†, Jens E. Olesen
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  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521472999

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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.

    • The first modern comprehensive representation of Scandinavian prehistory and medieval history
    • Scandinavia is treated as whole with comparative chapters on major themes, while chapters on the separate political histories of the constituent countries recognise their individuality
    • The geographic, historic and socio-cultural distinctness of Scandinavia is recognized while cognisance is taken of its development within the context of European history
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    "...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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    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521472999
    • length: 892 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 162 x 53 mm
    • weight: 1.414kg
    • contains: 70 b/w illus. 15 maps 7 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Knut Helle
    Part I. The Geography and Prehistory of Scandinavia:
    1. The Scandinavian landscape and its resources Ulf Sporrong
    2. The Stone and Bronze Ages Ari Siiriäinen
    3. The Iron Age Bjørn Myhre
    4. Languages and ethnic groups Michael Barnes
    Part II. From Vikings to Kings:
    5. The Viking expansion Peter Sawyer
    6. Viking culture Else Roesdahl and Preben Meulengracht-Sørensen
    7. Scandinavia enters Christian Europe Birgit Sawyer and Peter Sawyer
    8. Early political organisation
    8(a). Introductory survey Thomas Lindkvist
    8(b). The making of the Danish kingdom Inge Skovgaard-Petersen
    8(c). The early unification of Norway Claus Krag
    8(d). The Norse communities of the western ocean Magnús Stefánsson
    8(e). Kings and provinces in Sweden Thomas Lindkvist
    Part III. Material Growth (to c. 1350):
    9. Demographic conditions Ole Jørgen Benedictow
    10. Rural conditions Eljas Orrman
    11. Urbanisation Hans Andersson
    Part IV. The High Medieval Kingdoms:
    12. Towards nationally organised systems of government
    12(a). Introductory Survey Knut Helle
    12(b). The Danish kingdom
    consolidation and disintegration Inge Skovgaard-Petersen
    12(c). The Norwegian kingdom: succession disputes and consolidation Knut Helle
    12(d). Sweden under the dynasty of the Folkungs Herman Schück
    12(e). Growing inter-Scandinavian entanglement Knut Helle
    13. Church and Society Eljas Orrman
    Part V. High and Late Medieval Culture:
    14. Ideologies and mentalities Sverre Bagge
    15. Literature Lars Lönnroth, Vésteinn Ólason and Anders Piltz
    16. Art and architecture Anna Nilsén
    17. Music Ingrid De Geer. Part VI. Late Medieval Society:
    18. Population and settlement Jouko Vahtola
    19. The condition of the rural population Eljas Orrman
    20. The towns Göran Dahlbäck
    21. The nobility of the late Middle Ages Erik Ulsig
    22. Church and clergy Lars Hamre
    Part VII. Scandinavian Unions (1319–1520):
    23. The political system Herman Schück
    24. Inter-Scandinavian relations Jens E. Olesen
    Conclusion Knut Helle
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor

    Knut Helle, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway
    Knut Helle is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Bergen.

    Contributors

    Knut Helle, Ulf Sporrong, Ari Siiriäinen, Bjørn Myhre, Michael Barnes, Peter Sawyer, Else Roesdahl, Preben Meulengracht-Sørensen, Birgit Sawyer, Thomas Lindkvist, Inge Skovgaard-Petersen, Claus Krag, Magnús Stefánsson, Ole Jørgen Benedictow, Eljas Orrman, Hans Andersson, Herman Schück, Sverre Bagge, Lars Lönnroth, Vésteinn Ólason, Anders Piltz, Anna Nilsén, Ingrid De Geer, Jouko Vahtola, Göran Dahlbäck, Erik Ulsig, Lars Hamre†, Jens E. Olesen

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