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Ruter og rutinisering. Vikingetidens Fjernhandel i Nordeuropa

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DatePublished - 2005
Number of pages356
PublisherMultivers Academic
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
Original languageEnglish


A route is not a geographical structure, but the use made of it. Routes consist in traveller’s knowledge of roads and destinations, a knowledge created trough previous journeys and the narratives of others. This was also the case when people in Viking Age Northern Europe began to exchange commodities in large cargoes between distant nodal points.Focussing on concepts as agents, interdependence and practical logic the making of Viking Age trade-routes is described as a routinization – a process recursively constituting travelling as routes and exchange as trade. The book also deals with transport geography, urbanisation, crafts, commodities as tools of exchange, and cultural meetings from the Near East to the North Sea.

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