From the eighth to tenth centuries the world of medieval Europe expanded far beyond the limits of the old Roman Empire. Scandinavia, Ireland, Central Europe, and southern Russia, as well as the traditional early medieval heartland of western Europe, were all brought into close cultural, ideological, and economic contact. The French Carolingians and the Scandinavian Vikings were key players in this process. While the Carolingians employed new administrative means of political consolidation (bureaucrats, Christian and secular lordship, fiefs, vassals), the Vikings were old-style barbarians. The interaction of these two peoples is examined, as part of the unit's focus on the growing unification of the Early Middle Ages. Attention is also paid to modern theories of history (renaissance, colonialism) and their relevance to medieval contexts.
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