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1 The History of Iceland
Gunnar Karlsson
400 pages, 6 x 9, paperback / softcover, University of Minnesota Press
The only comprehensive history of Iceland available in English.
Iceland is unique among European societies in having been founded as late as the Viking Age and in having a copious written and archaeological sources about its origin. Gunnar Karlsson, that country's premier historian, chronicles the age of the Sagas, consulting them to describe an era without a monarch or central authority. Equating this prosperous time with the golden age of antiquity in world history, Karlsson then marks a correspondence between the Dark Ages of Europe and Iceland's "dreary period," which started with the loss of political independence in the late thirteenth century and culminated with an epoch of poverty and humility, especially during the early Modern Age.
Iceland's renaissance came about with the successful struggle for independence in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and with the industrial and technical modernization of the first half of the twentieth century. Karlsson describes the rise of nationalism as Iceland's mostly poor peasants set about breaking with Denmark, and he shows how Iceland in the twentieth century slowly caught up economically with its European neighbors.

About Author
Gunnar Karlsson is professor of history at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, and is the author of several textbooks on Icelandic history.

A 2001 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

"It is not easy to tell a thousand years of history in just over 400 pages that also include an index and an extensive bibliography. Gunnar Karlsson however manages quite well, telling us the story of the more than thousand years since Iceland was colonised by Vikings in a reasonably light informative style. " —Nordic Business Report

“Karlsson is memorably quotable.” —Germanic Notes and Reviews

“The History of Iceland is richly illustrated with maps and charts. Useful to a diverse audience, from the undergraduate to the professional historian.” —The Historian

“[The History of Iceland] is as unique as its subject, being the only single-volume history of Iceland in English. This book will be the definitive overview of Icelandic history for a long time.” —European Review of History
Price: 24.00 USD


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