Talk:Danegeld

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Unification Aspects: Danegeld was paid by the Anglo-Saxons and others to the Vikings for protection from their raids. In return for payment, the Vikings refrained from pillaging the land and from plundering property. The term also denotes any type of payment extracted by extortion. The period of the Danegeld was one of instability and of fluid national boundaries, before the nation-states of Northern Europe had evolved as separate and distinct countries. The land of the English and the land of the Dane's had close links. On the one hand, the tax can be seen as one that was levied by a foreign power. On the other hand, the distinction between Great Britain and Scandinavia was not yet rigid, and England can be seen as a province of the Danish Empire at this time. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, England's links with France became more significant than those with Scandinavia, and England emerged as a separate entity. Providentially, this may have had some significance, since England would continue to own parts of France through until the sixteenth century. It was loss of the last possession that stimulated the shift in focus from imperialism on a European scale, towards a world-stage. As the largest Empire, the British Empire did much to spread Christianity and European culture throughout the world, as the Divine Principle says, "This island civilization" of Great Britain "passed on its culture to the United States" which in its turn passed "its culture to the island civilization of Japan" (Exposition, p 406). Had England remained subservient to Denmark, it is unlikely that she would have emerged as one of the major powers that helped to defeat totalitarianism and fascism in World War I and World War II since, although Denmark did acquire an empire in the nineteenth century, it was modest in comparison to that of the British.
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