Vikings and the Western Frontier

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The article investigates how and why the Vikings became world-famous. The point of departure is the World Exposition in Chicago in 1893, where an icon for the Viking, a replica of the Gokstad ship, arrived the very same day as Frederick Jackson Turner presented his frontier thesis. The origin of the word Viking, the romantic revival of the Viking, the creation of the Viking Age and the criticism of the Viking and the Viking Age is discussed. Finally the article argues that the Viking and the American frontiersman represent similar characters. The concept of the Viking has spread worldwide as an expression of an ideology central to the West.


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  • History and Archaeology


  • Vikings, Viking Age
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmall Things – Wide Horizons
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Honour of Birgitta Hårdh
EditorsLars Larsson, Fredrik Ekengren, Bertil Helgesson, Bengt Söderberg
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78491 132 4
ISBN (Print)9781784911317
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

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Lars Larsson (ed.), Fredrik Ekengren (ed.), Helgesson, B. (ed.) & Söderberg, B. (ed.), 2015, Archaeopress. 308 p. (Archaeopress Archaeology)

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