VIK­INGS

Raiders from the Sea

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Kim Hjar­dar, Case­mate Pub­lish­ers (DE­CEM­BER) Soft­cover $12.95 (160pp), 978-1-61200-519-5

Just when you thought it was time to per­ma­nently chisel his­tory books into stone, new ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies—helped along by high-tech sens­ing equip­ment—are up­end­ing a great deal of what we thought we knew about the first Amer­i­cans, Ne­an­derthals, cave art, Celts, Stone and Iron Age tech­nol­ogy, an­cient Troy, and so much more.

The re­cent dis­cov­er­ies are help­ing his­to­ri­ans to bet­ter un­der­stand the di­as­pora of an­cient peo­ples in pre­his­tory. In­trigu­ingly, there now seems lit­tle doubt that Leif Eric­s­son and the Vik­ings reached North Amer­ica in 1000 CE. Re­mark­ably, from 750 to 1100, the Vik­ings were ex­plor­ing, raiding, col­o­niz­ing, farm­ing, im­pos­ing taxes, and/or gen­er­ally ter­ror­iz­ing a huge swath of the world, from Iraq to Green­land, Morocco to Rus­sia, the com­plete Mediter­ranean re­gion and Bri­tish Isles.

Vik­ings: Raiders from the Sea, a new in­stall­ment in The Case­mate Short His­tory Se­ries, de­tails Vik­ing prow­ess through the lens of mil­i­tary his­tory: ships, weapons, ar­mor, raiding strat­egy, and their unique mil­i­ta­rized society. Other re­cent re­leases in the se­ries in­clude Knights: Chivalry and Vi­o­lence, Gla­di­a­tors: Fight­ing to the Death in An­cient Rome, and Greek War­riors: Ho­plites and He­roes.

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