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SCAN4402 - The Vikings in Europe

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Haki Antonsson
Teaching structure: The module will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars that will alternative between close scrutiny of original sources and discussion of wider historical themes.
Assessment: one unseen three-hour written examination (70%); and one essay (30%).

Module Description:

The module will focus on the impact the Vikings had on European society ca. 800-1050. Additionally, the emergence of “new societies” as a result of Viking exploration in the North Atlantic will be examined. Geographically the module will include Continental Europe, the Insular world, the North Atlantic colonies and Russia. Particular emphasis will be placed on a close examination of the various source-categories relevant to the study of the Vikings in Europe. These sources were produced both from within and outside Scandinavia and include, inter alia, written sources, archaeological evidence, numismatics and place-names.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings. Ed. Peter Sawyer (2001)
  • The Viking World. Ed. Stefan Brink & Neil Price (2008)