Medieval Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Hanseatic Cities with Dr. Teofilo Ruiz

Medieval Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Hanseatic Cities with Dr. Teofilo Ruiz


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Follow the period of Scandinavia from the end of the Viking Age to the Reformation, as we discuss everything from Christianization and the influence of western feudal institutions to the appearance of separate kingdoms with the arrival of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.

We’ll begin around 1200 AD, as we say farewell to the Viking Age and look to the Christianization of Scandinavia and the emergence of distinct realms. While briefly looking at the political history of each of these realms, often joined by dynastic alliances and by their common culture, this lecture places their social, economic, cultural, and political development within Hansa's broad commercial networks. This league of trading cities, extending from Russia to Norway and Flanders, connected the Baltic and Scandinavian lands to the rest of Europe. We’ll learn how it led to the insertion of Scandinavia into wider European history, discuss how it shaped the emergence of cities, and explore how it created the kind of cultural homogeneity that has been a landmark of Scandinavian societies to this very day.

Led by Dr. Teofilo Ruiz, an expert in Scandinavian history, this conversation will deepen participants’ understanding of Medieval Scandinavia and the emergence of the countries in the region that we know today. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, this conversation will further our knowledge of this important period for Scandinavian history.

Teo F. Ruiz, PhD is a Cuban-American medieval historian and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. He is the author of 15 books.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
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K.E.
Excellent Overview of the Development of Scandinavia and the Hanseatic League

As a descendant of Swedish-Finns, I found Dr. Ruiz's presentation to be fascinating on many levels. He highlighted the importance of medieval Scandinavia in expanding trade and settlement throughout a large part of the western world - not just as marauders. Also investigated was the importance and strength of the Lutheran movement in the Scandinavian lands.

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I.D.
Context brings the content!

Teo thorough and thoughtful research was presented cohesively and in context. Very enjoyable expose. Particularly helpful were the visual aids of the flow maps

G
G.S.
Exceptional seminar

Dr. Ruiz is very thorough and very knowledgeable. He had good slides and made the information very interesting. I would listen to another of his talks.

M
M.
Enjoyable

Informative introduction to Medieval Scandinavia.

M
M.F.
Real History of Medieval Scandinavia

I so enjoyed the session with Dr. Ruiz on the rise of Medieval Cities of Scandinavia. Dr. Ruiz embodies what a professor of mine referred to as "a person who knows everything." He was able to walk us through a swath of European history that took the region from the time of Vikings through to the formation of what we now think of as Scandinavia. He packed in a lot of information and made it understandable without making it feel rushed. He answered a variety of questions that ranged in topic from architecture to religion to cuisine to commerce. I thoroughly enjoyed the talk and hope to sign up for another with Dr. Ruiz in the near future!

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
65%
(11)
18%
(3)
6%
(1)
12%
(2)
0%
(0)
K
K.E.
Excellent Overview of the Development of Scandinavia and the Hanseatic League

As a descendant of Swedish-Finns, I found Dr. Ruiz's presentation to be fascinating on many levels. He highlighted the importance of medieval Scandinavia in expanding trade and settlement throughout a large part of the western world - not just as marauders. Also investigated was the importance and strength of the Lutheran movement in the Scandinavian lands.

I
I.D.
Context brings the content!

Teo thorough and thoughtful research was presented cohesively and in context. Very enjoyable expose. Particularly helpful were the visual aids of the flow maps

G
G.S.
Exceptional seminar

Dr. Ruiz is very thorough and very knowledgeable. He had good slides and made the information very interesting. I would listen to another of his talks.

M
M.
Enjoyable

Informative introduction to Medieval Scandinavia.

M
M.F.
Real History of Medieval Scandinavia

I so enjoyed the session with Dr. Ruiz on the rise of Medieval Cities of Scandinavia. Dr. Ruiz embodies what a professor of mine referred to as "a person who knows everything." He was able to walk us through a swath of European history that took the region from the time of Vikings through to the formation of what we now think of as Scandinavia. He packed in a lot of information and made it understandable without making it feel rushed. He answered a variety of questions that ranged in topic from architecture to religion to cuisine to commerce. I thoroughly enjoyed the talk and hope to sign up for another with Dr. Ruiz in the near future!