HIST 498 (01) - Explorations of Historical Perspectives

Expl/Vikings!

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Summer 2020 - Summer Session I (05/18/2020 - 06/19/2020)
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 70836
In-depth exploration of a particular historical question or topic: for example, the French Revolution, Chaucer's England, or the New Deal. Students should consult with the Department of History for a list of topics and instructors. Course meets the History major requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)
Instructors: David Bachrach

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
5/18/2020 6/19/2020 Hours Arranged TBA
Additional Course Details: 

The Vikings spread terror and destruction for hundreds of years throughout modern Britain, northern France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Russia. They also developed remarkable art forms and cutting edge naval technology, constructed important new cities (such as Dublin) and new kingdoms, including Novgorod and Kiev, and explored the New World half a millennium before Columbus. So who were these fierce warriors, intrepid explorers, and famed poets? In this course, we will investigate the origins of the Vikings in Scandinavia, the impetus for their explosion onto the European stage, as well as their culture, technology, and art. Students will read scholarly articles about the Vikings as well as source materials produced by the Vikings, themselves, and their enemies. Students will write short response papers to scholarly articles and participate in live discussions via Zoom about important sources such as the Norse Sagas. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives Discovery Category.