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Iceland's 1100 years : the history of a marginal society

Author: Gunnar Karlsson
Publisher: London : C. Hurst, [2000] ©2000
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Iceland is unique among European societies in being founded as late as the Viking age, and in surviving for centuries without any central power after Christianity had introduced writing. This book recounts the history of a society on the margin.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gunnar Karlsson, 1939-
Iceland's 1100 years.
London : C. Hurst, ©2000
(OCoLC)606511577
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gunnar Karlsson
ISBN: 185065414X 9781850654148 1850654204 9781850654209
OCLC Number: 45829776
Description: xiii, 418 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Note on icelandic Names --
Pt. I. Colonization and Commonwealth, c.870-1262 --
1.1. Colonization --
1.2. Paganism and Poetry --
1.3. Constitution --
1.4. The Exploration of the West --
1.5. Christianization --
1.6. The Church --
1.7. Population and Sustenance --
1.8. Social Stratification --
1.9. Honour, Revenge and Feud --
1.10. Identity --
1.11. Sagas --
1.12. Concentration of Power --
1.13. Sturlungaold: an Internal Crisis --
1.14. The End of an Era --
Pt. II. Under Foreign Rule, 1262-c. 1800 --
2.1. A Dependency of the Norwegian King --
2.2. The Victory of the Church --
2.3. Collapse of the North Atlantic Empire --
2.4. Iceland the Fishing Camp --
2.5. Plague without Rats --
2.6. The English Century --
2.7. Enter the Germans --
2.8. Reformation --
2.9. Lutheran Society --
2.10. Trade Monopoly --
2.11. The Gloomy 17th Century --
2.12. Absolutism --
2.13. Cultural Renaissance --
2.14. People and Production around 1700 --
2.15. Educational Revolution without Schools --
2.16. The Birth of Reykjavik --
2.17. Catastrophe --
2.18. From Factory Village to Administrative Centre --
2.19. "A Desperate Land" --
Pt. III. A Primitive Society Builds State, 1809-1918 --
3.1. An Abortive Revolution --
3.2. Romanticism and National Awakening --
3.3. Jon Sigurosson and the New Althing --
3.4. The Search for Status in a Constitutional Monarchy --
3.5. The Danish Side --
3.6. Towards Legislative Powers in 1874 --
3.7. Economic Growth with Old Methods --
3.8. the Crisis in Rural Society --
3.9. Emigration --
3.10. The Age of Decked Fishing Vessels --
3.11. Freedom of Trade and the Cooperative Movement --
3.12. Standard of Living --
3.13. Education --
3.14. Democracy for Farmers --
3.15. Struggle towards Home Rule --
3.16. Liberation of Women --
3.17. Towards Autonomy in 1918 --
Pt. IV. The Great 20th-Century Transformation --
4.1. Industrial Revolution in Fishing --
4.2. Modernization of Life --
4.3. The New Working-Class Movement --
4.4. A New System of Political Parties --
4.5. The Depression in Iceland. 4.6. War and Occupation --
4.7. Republic --
4.8. Postwar Politics --
4.9. The Welfare State --
4.10. Iceland in a Cold War --
4.11. Independence Struggle on Fishing Grounds --
4.12. The Fight against Inflation --
4.13. Enter Women --
4.14. Life is Still Fish --
4.15. Break and Continuity in Icelandic History.
Responsibility: Gunnar Karlsson.

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