The Vikings and the Viking Age, 700-1243|
The Vikings erupted from their isolated northern homelands throughout Europe from the eighth century, and arguably reoriented European history both in the West, where they were instrumental in the history of the British Isles and France, as well as the East, where they were founders of the Russian kingdom. By 1100, they and their descendants had also established themselves in the Mediterranean, Italy, Sicily, and the Holy Land. This course will examine the reasons the Vikings emerged, and will explain their role not only as warriors, but as important merchants, administrators, and contributors to a robust European literary culture. They provide the perfect avenue by which to understand the creation of European culture and politics. The course will also act as an introduction to the dark age history of England, France, and Northern Europe.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Anders Winroth, The Age of the Vikings.
The Viking Age: A Reader, ed. Angus A. Somerville and R. Andrew McDonald
Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda
VIkings, Michael HIrst, History Channel, season 1
The Vikings (1958), dir. Richard Fleischer
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Saga Analysis (20%)
Critical Assessment of Film or Fictional Account (20%)
Weekly Reading Response. (10%)
Attendance, participation: (10%)
Research Paper (30%)
Midterm Factual Quizz (10%)"
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|Instructor(s): Shaw,Gary Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: SCIE201; |
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