How the Vikings Changed the World

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  • Creator ZDF
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication [Place of publication not identified] : ZDF, [2014] New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, 2017. ©2014
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  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (1 video file (50 min., 17 sec)) : sound, color


  • A nation of seafarers and merchants, the Vikings revolutionized exploration and trade in the Middle Ages, and discovered America 500 years before Columbus. This gripping film unveils their bad reputation as wild, murdering, and pillaging Norsemen as misguided and reveals a strikingly tolerant people with an elaborate trading network that stretched right through Europe. For 900 years, their light, maneuverable sailing ships could not be matched. As the best seafarers of their time, daring, tolerant explorers and expert merchants, they set new benchmarks and left their mark everywhere.


  • Originally released by ZDF, 2014.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on November 14, 2017.
  • Streaming video file.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • First Viking Invasions (5:18); Attack Strategy (3:17); Norse Society (2:26); International Trade (2:48); Viking Mythology (2:31); Beliefs about Afterlife (2:21); Viking Burials (1:56); Conversion to Christianity (3:44); Western Exploration and Ship Building Technology (4:30); Erik the Red (2:30); Landing on North America (3:38); Exploring the East (3:35); Viking Slave Trade (2:04); Reaching Constantinople (4:03); Norman Influence (2:23); Viking "Disappearance" (1:32); Credits: How the Vikings Changed the World (0:30)
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