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    DescriptionThe Viking reputation is of bloodthirsty seafaring warriors, repeatedly plundering the British Isles and the North Atlantic throughout the early Middle Ages. Yet Vikings were also traders, settlers, and farmers, with a complex artistic and linguistic culture, whose expansion overseas led them to cross the Atlantic for the first time in European history. Highlighting the latest archaeological evidence, Julian Richards reveals the whole Viking world: their history, society and culture, and their expansion overseas for trade, colonization, and plunder. We also look at the Viking identity, through their artistic expression, rune stones, their ships, and their religion. The Viking story is also brought up to date, by examining their legacy from the medieval Icelandic sagas to 19th Century nationalism, Wagner, and the Nazis. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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    The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Julian D. Richards
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 168
    Width: 111 mm
    Height: 174 mm
    Thickness: 1 mm
    Weight: 139 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192806079
    ISBN 10: 0192806076

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3F
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    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET190
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SCANDN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS044000
    DC22: 948.022
    BIC subject category V2: 3F
    DC22: 948/.022
    LC classification: DL65 .R535 2005
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    Thema V1.0: NHDJ
    Illustrations note
    numerous maps and halftones
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    03 November 2005
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    Author Information
    Julian Richards is Professor of Archaeology at the University of York, and co-director of the Centre for Medieval Studies. He specialises in the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age England, and has directed several excavations of Viking settlements, including the only Viking cremation cemetery in the British Isles. Previous publications include Viking Age England (Tempus, 2000).
    Table of contents
    List of illustrations ; 1. Vikings then and now ; 2. Early Scandinavian kingdoms ; 3. Pagans and Christians ; 4. Changes in the countryside ; 5. Towns and trade ; 6. Across the ocean: ships and seafaring ; 7. Expansion overseas ; 8. Vikings in England ; 9. Raiders and settlers around the Irish Sea ; 10. Vikings and Picts: genocide or assimilation? ; 11. Landnam in the North Atlantic ; 12. The edge of the world: Greenland and North America ; 13. Re-inventing the Vikings ; Further reading ; Index