By T. Douglas Price

ISBN-10: 019023198X

ISBN-13: 9780190231989

Even though occupied basically really in brief within the lengthy span of global prehistory, Scandinavia is a rare laboratory for investigating earlier human societies. the realm used to be basically unoccupied till the tip of the final Ice Age whilst the melting of big ice sheets left in the back of a clean, barren land floor, which was once ultimately lined via natural world. the 1st people didn't arrive until eventually someday after 13,500 BCE. The prehistoric continues to be of human task in Scandinavia - a lot of it remarkably preserved in its bathrooms, lakes, and fjords - have given archaeologists a richly certain portrait of the evolution of human society. during this e-book, Doug fee presents an archaeological heritage of Scandinavia-a land mass comprising the fashionable international locations of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway-from the arriving of the 1st people after the final Ice Age to the top of the Viking interval, ca. advert 1050. built equally to the author's past booklet, Europe sooner than Rome, historic Scandinavia offers overviews of every prehistoric epoch via specific, illustrative examples from the archaeological checklist. An engrossing and entire photograph emerges of switch around the millennia, as human society evolves from small bands of hunter - gatherers to giant farming groups to the advanced warrior cultures of the Bronze and Iron a long time, which culminated within the marvelous upward thrust of the Vikings. the fabric proof of those previous societies - arrowheads from reindeer hunts, megalithic tombs, rock paintings, superbly wrought weaponry, Viking warships - supply bright testimony to the traditional people who as soon as referred to as domestic this frequently unforgiving fringe of the inhabitable global.

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201). Part I Colonial conditions 3 On colonial modernity Civilization versus sovereignty in Cuba, c. 1840 Gerard Aching Introduction The point of departure for defining “colonial modernity” in this chapter rests on two premises. The first is that modernity is a global phenomenon that came into being with the emergence of Europe’s overseas colonies and empires. The second is that the experience of modernity as colonial domination requires a close examination of local resistance to universalizing discourses, as “enlightened” as these may have been, in the extra-European world.

Second, I describe and interrogate the meaning of modern civilization as Cuba’s Creole reformist bourgeoisie reflected on the pitfalls of national sovereignty during the 1840s; for the sake of historical accuracy, the term that the Creole bourgeoisie employed to evaluate the peculiar configurations of the universal and the particular that emerged in their colonial environment was not “modernity” but “civilization” (Mazlish 2004, p. 12). Finally, I close by briefly placing the Cuban example in the broader field of colonial modernity in the Atlantic world.

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