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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... 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 Reformation, in about 1540,
and it ends in ...
Chapter 2 considers the Reformation and its bleak but well documented
aftermath in the seventeenth century. The Faroese extension of the continental
Reformation involved substituting Lutheranism for Catholicism. The Faroese
By the Reformation, although the lograpttumenn may still have been elected, they
served long—probably life—terms. So did the logmaður. At about the time of the
Reformation, the logra'ttumenn began to be appointed by the bailiff. The king ...
Church, King, Company, and Country The Reformation and Its Aftermath, 1540-
1709 In January 1523, with Sweden in revolt and a Lübeck fleet harrying the
Danish coast, a group of Jutland noblemen renounced their allegiance to
As an ecclesiastical event, the Faroese Reformation passed quickly." In 1533, the
incumbent bishop having died, a certain Amundur, a canon in the cathedral at
Bergen, was chosen bishop, perhaps (exceptionally) by the Faroese clergy ...
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