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Rituals Of Rebellion: Cultural Narratives And Metadiscourse Of Violent Conflict In Iron Age And Medieval Denmark

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Creation of a unified state from earlier social formations ignited rifts leading to social disorder, rebellion, and uprising in southern Scandinavia during Iron Age and early Medieval populations. This chapter examines two cases of conflict between ethnic minorities and the same central government during the course of their forcible integration into an emergent, centralizing state. The state in question came to be called Denmark, the two provinces Scania and North Jutland. Official' histories, as well as transcribed oral traditions, are important in understanding Scandinavian ethnic identities and the courses of conflict. Part of the analysis in the chapter rests on evidence for the public performance of ritualized orations and the later oral and written dissemination of such performances. The cultural narratives, or ?public transcripts' as Scott calls them, apparent in these rituals, describe the rationales of various parties to ethnic conflict.

Keywords: cultural narratives; ethnic conflict; Iron Age; Medieval Denmark; North Jutland; rebellions; rituals; Scania



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