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HIST 652. The Viking Age. 3 Credits.

This course offers an intensive look at the Scandinavian peoples of Europe in the central Middle Ages, between AD 750 and 1100. While it is true that for nearly three centuries, Viking pirates ravaged the coasts of Europe and terrorized European Christians, these feared Norsemen were also traders and intrepid explorers, who established a network of connections that stretched from North America to Baghdad and who developed a complex society and culture. It is their achievements, political, cultural and religious, that this class seeks to illumine. {Also offered for undergraduate credit - see HIST 452.}.