The Vikings

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The Vikings saild, attacked, and plundered throughout Europe during the Dark Ages. The longship and the stave church are among their remarkable accomplishments. Other discoveries and inventions related to transportation, agriculture, architecture, science, and technology, enriched their culture and provide a way for us to experience parallels between ancient times and the world we know today.

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Overview

The Vikings saild, attacked, and plundered throughout Europe during the Dark Ages. The longship and the stave church are among their remarkable accomplishments. Other discoveries and inventions related to transportation, agriculture, architecture, science, and technology, enriched their culture and provide a way for us to experience parallels between ancient times and the world we know today.

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Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
As part of the "Technology of the Ancients" series, coverage of ancient cultures includes significant contributions about daily living, architecture and exploration. From the late eighth century to the end of the eleventh century, being a Viking warrior was more of a part-time job and was sponsored by a wealthy individual. They ventured across the North Sea in conquest of highly-valued treasures at a very opportune time. That era was known as the Dark Ages, a thousand years of vast unemployment and disease with severe political, religious, and economic upheaval across Europe. Pillaging through major coastal cities caused alliances to be made and broken. However, major marketing centers in present-day Scandinavia, Germany, and Sweden created some of the better trade posts of the time. Even though they lacked a formal education system or a written record, the Vikings nonetheless developed core family units in country settings with borrowed innovations. Barley was used to make ale, porridge, and bread, flax was cultivated to make linen cloth and hemp ropes, and assorted fish from several seas and the North Atlantic Ocean supplied further bounty. Also, a slash and burn method was used to clear woodlands for planting. Chapters have red subtitles in bold caps with archival prints that authentically chronicle events for active readers. Details about the Vikings are highlighted with appropriate perspective even within a shorter format. Quite helpful are separate text boxes with a yellow background, which nicely provide more specific details. In addition, a timeline, glossary, suggested books and websites, and a stout index guide explorers into more depth of study across the curriculum. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
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Gr 4–7—Quality report fare that won't put middle-school readers to sleep. Each volume begins by placing the history of the civilization in context and follows up with four chapters discussing its scientific knowledge and contributions. The authors are careful to give credit to other civilizations when appropriate—for example, Heinrichs notes that the Aztecs improved upon the Mayas' paper-making techniques, developed nearly a thousand years earlier. Nearly every spread is adorned with brightly colored and well-captioned maps, photographs of artifacts, or pieces of art, adding a strong visual component to the clear, lively texts. Sidebars expand upon particularly interesting or important topics, such as the truth about Viking helmets or how the Romans' bridge-building technology eventually allowed for the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Libraries needing to refresh or expand their ancient history collections will be well-served by these titles.—Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608707690
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Technology of the Ancients Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Vikings Are Coming 4

Chapter 2 Making a Laving 14

Chapter 3 Architecture of the Age 24

Chapter 4 Norse Travels: From Ski to Sea 36

Chapter 5 Enterprising Explorers 48

Time Line 48

Glossary 59

Further Information 61

Index 62

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