Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology

Scandinavian Colonialism and the Rise of Modernity

Small Time Agents in a Global Arena

Editors: Naum, Magdalena, Nordin, Jonas M. (Eds.)

  • Examines  an often-overlooked chapter in the history of Scandinavia and colonialism
  • Presents case studies that focus on the scope and impact of Scandinavian colonial expansion in the North, Africa, Asia and America and within Scandinavia itself
  • Contributions come from archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians who have been researching diverse aspects of Scandinavian histories
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                 ​In Scandinavian Colonialism and the Rise of Modernity: Small Time Agents in a Global Arena, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians present case studies that focus on the scope and impact of Scandinavian colonial expansion in the North, Africa, Asia and America as well as within Scandinavia itsself. They discuss early modern thinking and theories made valid and developed in early modern Scandinavia that justified and propagated participation in colonial expansion. The volume demonstrates a broad and comprehensive spectrum of archaeological, anthropological and historical research, which engages with a variation of themes relevant for the understanding of Danish and Swedish colonial history from the early 17th century until today. The aim is to add to the on-going global debates on the context of the rise of the modern society and to revitalize the field of early modern studies in Scandinavia, where methodological nationalism still determines many archaeological and historical studies.

                Through their theoretical commitment, critical outlook and application of postcolonial theories the contributors to this book shed a new light on the processes of establishing and maintaining colonial rule, hybridization and creolization in the sphere of material culture, politics of resistance, and responses to the colonial claims. This volume is a fantastic resource for graduate students and researchers in historical archaeology, Scandinavia, early modern history and anthropology of colonialism

About the authors

Magdalena Naum is a postdoctoral research fellow at McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. Her previous and current research focuses on late medieval migration in the Baltic Sea area and 17th c European colonies in Northern America, particularly New England and New Sweden. She is interested in organization of colonial settlements, in perception of America among the settlers and their homemaking practices. Jonas M Nordin is a researcher at the National Historical Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. His research focuses on relationship between early modern globalization, rise of capitalism and colonialism in Sweden. He is also studying the impact of trans-continental expansion and encounters with the New World on artefact collecting and early museums in Sweden.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction: Situating Scandinavian Colonialism

    Naum, Magdalena (et al.)

    Pages 3-16

  • Colonialism and Swedish History: Unthinkable Connections?

    Fur, Gunlög

    Pages 17-36

  • Black on White: Danish Colonialism, Iceland and the Caribbean

    Loftsdóttir, Kristín (et al.)

    Pages 37-52

  • From Gammelbo Bruk to Calabar: Swedish Iron in an Expanding Atlantic Economy

    Evans, Chris (et al.)

    Pages 53-67

  • Heritage Tourism in Tranquebar: Colonial Nostalgia or Postcolonial Encounter?

    Jørgensen, Helle

    Pages 69-86

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scandinavian Colonialism and the Rise of Modernity
Book Subtitle
Small Time Agents in a Global Arena
Editors
  • Magdalena Naum
  • Jonas M. Nordin
Series Title
Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology
Series Volume
37
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6202-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6202-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6201-9
Series ISSN
1574-0439
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 327
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
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