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The Rough Guide to Iceland 2 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
David Leffman, James Proctor
1843532891
April 26, 2004
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Nature and Policy in Iceland 1400-1800
Kirsten Hastrup
0198277288
Dec 1990
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this ambitious study, Kirsten Hastrup offers an analysis of Icelandic Society from 1400 to 1800--a period of remarkable social disintegration and technological decline. Juxtaposing the economic, social, and political orders with concepts of humanity, fate, and nature, her study shows how
the dissolution of the ancient order must be attributed to internal factors of culture and mentality, as well as to the external ones of natural catastrophe and commercial exploitation. The book ends with an invaluable analysis of the nature of causation in history.


Far-Farers: A Journey from Viking Iceland to Crusader Jerusalem
Victoria Clark
0641654731

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Ring of Seasons
Terry G. Lacy
0472086618
Dec 2000
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Book Description
A remote island with a rich and ancient literature. A land of hot springs and volcanoes. A country with an extraordinary history, a challenging geography and a vibrant contemporary culture. A land of ice.


Insight Guide: Iceland
Jane Simmonds
0887291767
April 1999
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Book Description
One of over 400 titles in the Insight series, Insight Guide Iceland. This 378-page book includes a section detailing Iceland's history, 10 features covering aspects of the country's life and culture, ranging from its anonymous 13th-century saga authors to its infamous rainy weather, a region by region visitor's guide to the sights, and a comprehensive Travel Tips section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus many enjoyable photographs and 16 maps.


A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)
Rory McTurk (Editor)
0631235027
February 24, 2005
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Book Description
This major survey of Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture comprises 29 chapters written by leading scholars in the field, over a third of whom are Icelanders. At the same time, it conveys a sense of the mainland Scandinavian origins of the Icelandic people, and reflects the ongoing contact between Iceland and other countries and cultures.The volume highlights current debates among Old Norse-Icelandic scholars specializing in different aspects of the subject. Coverage of traditional topics is complemented by material on previously neglected areas of study, such as the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the translated knights' sagas. Chapters on 'archaeology', 'social institutions' and 'geography and travel' make it possible to view the literature in its wider cultural context while chapters on 'reception' and...


Iceland
Kathleen W. W. Deady
0516228110
September 2004
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Bobby Fischer Goes to War : How A Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine
David Edmonds, John Eidinow
0060510250
March 1, 2005
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Book Description

In the summer of 1972, with a presidential crisis stirring in the United States and the cold war at a pivotal point, the Soviet world chess champion, Boris Spassky,and his American challenger, Bobby Fischer, met in Reykjavik, Iceland, for the most notorious chess match of all time. Their showdown, played against the backdrop of superpower politics, held the world spellbound for two months with reports of psychological warfare, ultimatums, political intrigue, cliffhangers, and farce to rival a Marx Brothers film. Thirty years later, David Edmonds and John Eidinow have set out to reexamine the story we recollect as the quintessential cold war clash between a lone American star and the Soviet chess machine. A mesmerizing narrative of brilliance and triumph, hubris and despair, Bobby Fischer Goes to War is a...



The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (Living History Library)
Allen French
1883937019
June 1995
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Card catalog description
Rolf, a young bowman in eleventh-century Iceland, faces many dangers as he tries to bring to justice the men responsible for his father's death.


Icelanders And the Kings of Norway
Patricia Pires Boulhosa
9004145168
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The book uses sagas and legal texts to re-examine the relations between mediaeval Icelanders and the Norwegian kings. It demonstrates that the Icelanders - partly subjects of the king, and partly beyond his power - were ready to negotiate with him for their own benefit, and presents a methodological re-evaluation of authorial attributions of the sagas and their use as historical sources. Key to the book is a revisionary analysis of two laws made between the Icelanders and the kings of Norway: a law probably issued by King Óláfr inn helgi of Norway (1015-1028), and the purported submission agreements with King Hákon Hákonarson (1217-1263), known as Gizurarsáttmáli or Gamli sáttmáli. It also analyses the sagas of the fourteenth-century manuscript...


The History of Iceland
Gunnar Karlsson
0816635897
May 2000
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The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity A.D. 200-1000 (The Making of Europe Series)
Peter Brown
0631221387
December 2002
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
This book offers a vivid, compelling history of the first thousand years of Christianity. Ranging across the Christian world from China to Iceland, the narrative illustrates the diversity of Christian beliefs and practices. It also places the rise of Christianity in the context of other religious traditions, especially Islam. The author draws penetrating portraits of individuals and communities, from St Patrick and the Irish church to the Christian communities of Armenia and Mesopotamia.For the second edition, the book has been thoroughly rewritten and expanded. It includes two new chapters, on monasticism and Irish Christianity. The author has also added an extensive preface in which he reflects on the scholarly traditions that have influenced his work and explains his current thinking about the book's themes. The new...


Bloodtaking and Peacemaking : Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland
William Ian Miller
0226526801
February 15, 1997
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Book Description
Dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the most sought-after legal academics in the county," William Ian Miller presents the arcane worlds of the Old Norse studies in a way sure to attract the interest of a wide range of readers. Bloodtaking and Peacemaking delves beneath the chaos and brutality of the Norse world to discover a complex interplay of ordering and disordering impulses. Miller's unique and engaging readings of ancient Iceland's sagas and extensive legal code reconstruct and illuminate the society that produced them.

People in the saga world negotiated a maze of violent possibility, with strategies that frequently put life and limb in the balance. But there was a paradox in striking the balance--one could not get even without going one better. Miller shows how blood vengeance, law,...


Iceland
Jonathan Wilcox
0761402799
December 1996
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9?Two series entries that give broad pictures of their respective nations' geography, history, government, economy, people, religion, food, and many other facets of culture. The strengths and problems of each country are explored in a depth appropriate for the intended audience, and both books report about the status of women. The texts are organized in a clear, easy-to-use format. Although they have the same chapter titles, the details presented differ widely according to the unique characteristics of each country. The clear, full-color photographs are extremely inviting. Lee gives more detail than Finland in Pictures (Lerner, 1991) and has less text and more appealing photos than Patricia Lander and Claudette Charbonneau's The Land and People of Finland (HarperCollins, 1990); Wilcox's volume is...


Old Icelandic Literature and Society (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature)
Margaret Clunies Ross (Editor), et al
0521631122
September 21, 2000
Hardcover
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Review
'... it works as a sound new slant on [Old Icelandic literature] from a contemporary academic perspective. All those working in the field will want to take account of it.' Heather O'Donoghue, Times Literary Supplement
' ... the book provides a well-grounded and interesting introduction to Old Icelandic literature, with the bonus of multiple signposts towards new directions in Old Norse scholarship.' Modern Language Review

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"...a well-conceived project..." SPECULUM

"eminently well-considered and well-written overview of the nature of medieval Icelandic society and its various social, political, and legal institutions in relation to its literary production and the way in which literature was used...the volume is a stimulating and enjoyable book, especially if read piecemeal...



Poverty in America: A Handbook
John Iceland
0520239598
December 2003
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Book Description
Poverty may have always been with us, but it hasn't always been the same. In an in-depth look at trends, patterns, and causes of poverty in the United States, John Iceland combines the latest statistical information, historical data, and social scientific theory to provide a comprehensive picture of poverty in America--a picture that shows how poverty is measured and understood and how this has changed over time, as well as how public policies have grappled with poverty as a political issue and an economic reality.
Why does poverty remain so pervasive? Is it unavoidable? Are people from particular racial or ethnic backgrounds or family types inevitably more likely to be poor? What can we expect over the next few years? What are the limits of policy? These are just a few of the questions this book addresses. In a...


Iceland Travel Pack (Globetrotter Travel Packs)
Rowland Mead
1845370139
June 1, 2005
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Book Description
The highly successful Globetrotter Travel series, which includes guides, maps, and atlases, presently covers more than eighty destinations worldwide. The packs are an excellent value, including both a guidebook and a soft cover of the fold-out Globetrotter map of the region, in a printed plastic wallet.et.


Reagan and Gorbachev : How the Cold War Ended
Jack Matlock
0679463232
July 20, 2004
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
Ronald Reagan's death and funeral prompted a flood of commentary on the historical contributions of our 40th president, particularly on his role -- real or imagined -- as "the man who defeated communism," in the words of the British magazine the Economist. Much of this commentary was blather, so Jack Matlock's serious effort to sort out Reagan's role in the historic superpower diplomacy of his second term is timely. Matlock's publisher recognized as much by rushing his book to market two months ahead of the original publication schedule.Matlock was Reagan's ambassador to Moscow in the crucial years of the late 1980s when the Cold War effectively came to an end. Before that, he served as the Soviet expert on Reagan's National Security Council staff; as fate would have it, his...


Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and Discovery of the New World
Brian Fagan
0465022847
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. It was fish, not spices, that led to the discovery of North America," speculates anthropologist Fagan. From 1495 to 1525, he tells us, the monks at Westminster Abbey consumed almost 11,000 kilograms of fish per year. The sheer enormity of this piscine cuisine offers a snapshot of the exalted place fish held in the life of religious communities. Fagan (The Little Ice Age) regales readers with a fast-paced, edge-of the-seat tale of Christianity's role in the development of fishing and fisheries as commercial ventures. By the fourth century, fish had become the center of Christian fast days and holy feasts. Early forms of aquaculture were developed to meet the demand, but eventually, as Fagan points out, Europe's rapidly growing Catholic population and its demand for fish on Fridays and fast...


Images of Contemporary Iceland: Everyday Lives and Global Contexts
Gisli Palsson (Editor)
0877455287
January 1996
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Njal's Saga (Penguin Classics)
Anonymous, Robert Cook (Editor)
0140447695
May 28, 2002
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Book Description
Written in the thirteenth century, Njal's Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems-from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law's inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control. It is populated by memorable and complex characters like Gunnar of Hlidarendi, a powerful warrior with an aversion to killing, and the not-so-villainous Mord Valgardsson. Full of dreams, strange prophecies, violent power struggles, and fragile peace agreements, Njal's Saga tells the compelling story of a fifty-year blood feud that, despite its distance from us in time and place, is driven by passions familiar to us all. This Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction, chronology, index of characters,...


Viking Age Iceland (Penguin History)
Jesse L. Byock
0140291156
September 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
The Icelandic Vikings, according to Byock, professor of Old Norse and Medieval Scandinavian at UCLA, were far more than fur-clad, flea-bitten, mead-swilling raiders, as legend would have them. In this survey of their surprisingly complex society, spanning the three centuries from the island's settlement to 1260 when the king of Norway took control of it, Byock shows the Icelanders as a strong-willed and legally minded people who managed to carve a living as farmers out of an inhospitable environment while creating a remarkably modern free state governed by powerful laws and notions of honor instead of warlords and kings. He introduces readers to the Icelandic economy, social life (especially blood feuds) and home and family life, including a wonderful illustrated appendix on construction using turf. While this...


Saga: A Novel of Medieval Iceland
Jeff Janoda
0897335325
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This detail-rich novel is a retelling of a thirteenth-century Icelandic saga written by an unknown author. The original document arose from the colonization of Iceland by Norwegian settlers, and this particular tale unfolds before the enticed reader's eye as an intriguing concoction of abject realism (the day-to-day livelihood as practiced by the colonizers is explained, and the physical features of the land are beautifully described) and flights of fantasy (elves are coinhabitants of the Iceland presented here). The story line is essentially about land--who owns it, who disputes the ownership of it--in this hardscrabble agrarian society, where inheritance of land means everything, and honor (and necessary revenge against those who would besmirch it) is the essential tenet of life. Tribal organization and clan government...

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