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Terje I Leiren
HSTEU 380
Seattle Campus

History of Scandinavia to 1720

Scandinavian history from the Viking Age to 1720, with an emphasis on the political, social, and economic development of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Offered: jointly with SCAND 380.

Class description

This course provides a historical overview of Scandinavia from the end of the Viking Age to the period of the Enlightenment (approx. AD 1050 - AD 1720). The course examines major political, social, and economic developments in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland from the Christian Middle Ages through the Lutheran Reformation. Among other topics, this course looks at the rise of the development of the Scandinavian nation states, Scandinavia's relations with Europe, the Lutheran Reformation, Sweden's growth to a Great Power, and Scandinavian experiments in absolutist government.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

A short research paper may be required. One mid-term and a final exam.


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Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 04/22/2003