SCANDINAVIAN 123: Viking and Medieval Scandinavia

MWF 12-1 , Remote. Instructor: Jonas Wellendorf

Units: 4

L&S Breadth: Historical Studies

Viking and Medieval Scandinavia will explore developments and trends in the areas of social structure, trade and economy, religion, political organization, culture, literature, and technology during the Viking Age and Medieval periods (c. 750–1500). The course will cover the Scandinavian homelands (Denmark, Sweden, Norway) of the Vikings as well as the regions in which Scandinavians settled during the Viking Age. Developments in Scandinavia will be contextualized against broader trends in Europe and western Asia.


Texts: John Haywood, The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings (1995), Else Roesdahl, The Vikings (2018, 3rd ed.), Anders Winroth, The Age of the Vikings (2014) and a selection of primary and secondary sources in translation.


Prerequisites: None.
Taught in English with readings in English.