HIS 3200 – Spring 2012

The Viking Age

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This course surveys the history of Scandinavia in the era of the dragon ship, mead horn and Danegeld, ca. 800-1100 AD. Our goal will be to set Norse history within its European context by observing similarities with structures and processes elsewhere in the medieval world, the better to perceive the differences that make the Norse sphere unique. We will look at Norse activity in continental Scandinavia , in Western and Eastern Europe , and in the North Atlantic . You will be asked to work with some challenging primary sources; often, the trick will be not so much to wrest answers from these sources as to figure out what questions may be posed to them profitably in the first place.


Oren Falk


Havhingsten (The Sea Stallion) under sail, summer 2007


Lecture room:
165 McGraw Hall

323 McGraw
(607) 255-3311

Lecture times:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:10-11:25

e-mail: of24@cornell.edu

Office hours: TBA (you an always contact me to make an appointment)









Section rooms : Section times:
White Hall B-14
Thu. 13:25-14:15
White Hall B-14 cancelled
Thu. 14:30-15:20 cancelled

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Old Norse language
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vikings on film
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"Even the evil ones need a place to live"
"Lest the landvættir be frightened"


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Oren Falk, Associate Professor

Department of History, Cornell University


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