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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by E. Paul Durrenberger

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. eq02-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 109-117) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ninth-thirteen centuries AD

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) general Iceland

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Icelanders


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