Expl Hist Perspectives/Vikings
Term: January 2023 - January Term - online (12/28/2022 - 01/20/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
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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.