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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One of Debes's step-daughters—for his wife was the widow of his predecessor,
the second-generation Faroese priest Hans Rasmussen—married the Faroese
Niels Jacobsen, who served a brief term as sorinskrivari in 1622 and 1623;
The legend thus most likely recalls the poorly documented transitional time
between the logmaður's and the sorinskrivari's eras. The use of “domari” rather
than “sorinskrivari” further suggests that this official was not Faroese; in fact, from
The spring courts met in bowls in the hills, attended by each district's sheriff and
lograpttumenn, by the logmaður (later the sorinskrivari), and by other interested
parties from the district's scattered villages. The Tinganes, the political equivalent
Hveding sent Copenhagen his own report on 8 August, which was also signed by
the bailiff and the sorinskrivari. It said nothing directly about imported grain or the
decline of agriculture, but was devoted to the labor shortage and beggary, and ...
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