HIST145 - THE VIKINGS

Description: 
The Vikings were the terror of Europe from the late eight to the eleventh century. Norwegians, Danes and Swedes left their homeland to trade, raid and pillage, leaving survivors praying “Oh Lord, deliver us from the fury of the Norsemen!” While commonly associated with violent barbarism, the Norse were also farmers, craftsmen, and merchants. As their dragon ships sailed the waterways of Europe and beyond, they also transformed from raiders to explorers, discoverers and settlers of found and conquered lands. This course will introduce students to various facets of the culture and society of the Viking world ranging from honor culture, gender roles, political culture, mythology, and burial practices. We will also explore the range of Viking activity abroad from Kiev and Constantinople to Greenland and Vinland, the Viking settlement in North America. We will use material and archaeological sources as well as literary and historical ones in order to think about how we know history and what questions we can ask from different sorts of sources. Notably, we will be reading Icelandic sagas that relate oral histories of heroes, outlaws, raiders and sailors that will lead us to question the lines between fact and fiction, and myth and history.
Instructors: 

KUSKOWSKI, ADA

Day and Time: 
MWF 1100AM-1200PM
Room: 

COLLEGE HALL 314

Activity: 
LEC
Cross Listings: 
  • GRMN145401
Registration Notes: 
CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS