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22. Vikings / The European Prospect, 1000

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

The Early Middle Ages, 284--1000 (HIST 210)

In the first part of this lecture, Professor Freedman discusses the emergence of the Vikings from Scandinavia in the ninth and tenth centuries. The Vikings were highly adaptive, raiding (the Carolingian Empire), trading (Byzantium and the Caliphate) or settling (Greenland and Iceland) depending on local conditions. Through their wide-ranging travels, the Vikings created networks bringing into contact parts of the world that were previously either not connected or minimally so. Professor Freedman concludes the lecture, and the course, by considering what's been accomplished between 284 and 1000. Although Europe in the year 1000 experienced many of the same problems as did the Roman Empire 284 where we began -- population decline and lack of urbanization, among others -- the end of the early Middle Ages also arguable heralds the emergence of Europe and Christendom as cultural constructs and sets the stage for the rise of the West.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction
13:52 - Chapter 2. The Vikings in England and on the Continent
21:05 - Chapter 3. The Vikings in the East
29:20 - Chapter 4. The Vikings in the West
37:09 - Chapter 5. Conclusion: What's been accomplished?

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Fall 2011.

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