Durrenberger, E. Paul, 1943-. The dynamics of medieval Iceland: political economy and literature

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Title: The dynamics of medieval Iceland: political economy and literature

Published By: Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1992. xiii, 125 p.: ill.

By line: by E. Paul Durrenberger

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Real property (423); Production and supply (433); External trade (439); Labor supply and employment (464); Verbal arts (5310); Status, role, and prestige (554); Accumulation of wealth (556); Social relationships and groups (571); Districts (634);

Abstract: This is a study of the social, economic, and political changes that took place in Medieval Iceland over a period of approximately four hundred years --ninth through thirteen centuries -- from the first Norse settlement around 874 A.D. to Iceland's incorporation into the kingdom of Norway in 1264. This period is characterized by the fact that while the social order was stratified, there was no state organization. Much of the ethnographic data gathered for this period comes from the analysis of a number of Icelandic sagas written primarily in the thirteen century A.D., a period of great internal strife. These sagas attempt to interpret what life was like in the tenth and eleventh centuries.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: eq02-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: ninth-thirteen centuries A.D.

Coverage Place: general Iceland

LCSH: Icelanders

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