Neil Stuppel Price writes:
“Much of the recent research into the Vikings and their time has focused on the complex process of state formation and Christian conversion that eventually gave rise to the modern Scandinavian nations. Far less attention has been devoted to the very beginnings of this trajectory: who really were the Viking raiders in a specific sense, why did they do what they do, what kind of societies produced them, and why did they start to expand so violently into the world at precisely this time? The answers to these questions concern the very origins of the Viking phenomenon. They are of crucial interest for understanding what made Sweden what it is today, and the problematic ways in which this knowledge of the past is received in contemporary society. Under
my direction, the ten-year program will explore these issues with a core research group based at Uppsala University and the Swedish History Museum, working in collaboration with a team from Tallinn and Tartu universities in Estonia."
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