The Faroe Islands: Interpretations of History
University Press of Kentucky, 2015. jan. 13. - 280 oldal
Stranded in a stormy corner of the North Atlantic midway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands are part of "the unknown Western Europe" -- a region of recent economic development and subnational peoples facing uncertain futures. This book tells the remarkable story of the Faroes' cultural survival since their Viking settlement in the early ninth century.
At first an unruly little republic, the islands soon became tributary to Norway, dwindled into a Danish-Norwegian mercantilist fiefdom, and in 1816 were made a Danish province. Today, however, they are an internally self-governing Danish dependency, with a prosperous export fishery and a rich intellectual life carried out in the local language, Faroese.
Jonathan Wylie, an anthropologist who has done extensive field work in the Faroes, creates here a vivid picture of everyday life and affairs of state over the centuries, using sources ranging from folkloric texts to parliamentary minutes and from census data to travelers' tales. He argues that the Faroes' long economic stagnation preserved an archaic way of life that was seriously threatened by their economic renaissance in the nineteenth century, especially as this was accompanied by a closer political incorporation into Denmark.
The Faroese accommodated increasingly profound social change by selectively restating their literary and historical heritage. Their success depended on domesticating a Danish ideology glorifying "folkish" ways and so claiming a nationality separate from Denmark's. The book concludes by comparing the Faroes' nationality-without-nationhood to the contrasting situations of their closest neighbors, Iceland and Shetland.
The Faroe Islands is an important contribution to Scandinavian as well as regional and ethnic studies and to the growing literature combining the insights and techniques of anthropology and history. Engagingly written and richly illustrated, it will also appeal to scholars in other fields and to anyone intrigued by the lands and peoples of the North.
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... the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a Senior Research Fellowship from
the Fulbright Program in the Sosialantropologisk Institutt at the University of
Bergen, the Danish Marshall Fund, and the American Council of Learned
They are a Danish dependency, but internally selfgoverning and culturally
distinct. This book, then, is for readers who like genuinely remote corners: neither
the Viking past nor the present, for our story does not really begin until the ...
The priesthood, meanwhile, became increasingly Danish. The records are poor
before the end of the sixteenth century, and not always definite afterwards, but it
seems likely that of the Faroes' seven “priests” (prestar), as they are still called, ...
Assured of substantial livings and marrying into “the most prosperous Faroese
lineages” (L. Zachariasen 1961:313), the Danish priests who entered Faroese
society after the Reformation were quickly ensnarled in the web of Faroese
The following years saw the Faroes drawn closer into the Danish state. The
Norwegian lagtings had been dissolved in 1797, followed by the Icelandic
Althing in 1801. The Faroese Løgting survived; but it decided fewer and fewer
cases; and, ...
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