The Vikings: The Baltic, England, and Ireland with Dr. Teofilo Ruiz

The Vikings: The Baltic, England, and Ireland with Dr. Teofilo Ruiz


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The history of the Vikings is a long and intriguing one. Who were the Vikings? Where did they come from? How did they expand and where to? This conversation seeks to answer these questions through a snapshot into Viking history. We will focus on the Northmen’s expansion into Russia, the establishment of a political entity Kievan Rus, the first Russian political entity, as well as their expansion into England, Ireland (marked by the Viking foundation of Dublin), the delta of the Seine, and other areas in Europe.

In the late ninth century, Norsemen and Danes began a more than two centuries expansion. The so-called Vikings (a name which they themselves used to identified their war-like voyages as opposed to trade and settling, though sometimes the two were combined) were the first true representatives of a global age. We'll learn of their rapid expansion into the Baltic area and into Russia, marked by the foundation of Kiev. The Northmen sought to reach the Black Sea, Constantinople, and Baghdad. We'll discuss how, as a counterpart to their expansion to the east, the Vikings established footholds in England, Ireland, France, some areas of the Mediterranean, Iceland, Greenland, and the Americas. Their impact on western European civilization was profound.

Led by an expert in the history of the region of Scandinavia and beyond Dr. Teo Ruiz, this seminar will awaken our understanding of the rich history of the Vikings and the scope of their voyages to a region of the world during the Viking Age. Designed to inform curiosity and educate, this conversation will deepen our knowledge of this fascinating period of 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 not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Fabulous. Informative, knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide to the Danes,, Norsemen.

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Fact-filled Rapid-fire Tour of 400 Years of History

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J.N.

Fabulous. Informative, knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide to the Danes,, Norsemen.

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E.M.
Fact-filled Rapid-fire Tour of 400 Years of History

Covering 400 years of history in 90 minutes is a daunting task but Dr. Ruiz pulled it off.

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