Talk:Vikings

From New World Encyclopedia
Unification Aspects: The Vikings traveled across huge tracts of the earth, both pillaging and trading. They reached North America, and ruled and settled various territories including the Danelaw also levying the Danegeld. They represent one of the first imperial projects in the post Roman Empire European space. In the main remembered for their ferocity, they also opened up networks for trade, commerce and enabled communication between different parts of the world. To some degree, they spread awareness of membership of a common culture. Such episodes in human history, from the perspective of the Divine Principle, make some contribution to providential progress. Eventually, communication, commerce and cultural-exchange heps to break down barriers, so that in the modern world people on all six continents "are crossing the oceans seeking friendship and brotherly love" (Exposition, p 103). Even if not renowned for that "love", the Vikings helped to create a sense of Scandinavian solidarity that at times extended further, embracing England, for example. Any imperial project is a mixture of the good and the bad, so the Vikings are no exception. Yet they did play a role in making the Europe of today what it is, a collection of states that enjoy close cultural, economic and political ties within the European Union in which there is some sense of "belonging" to a unit that is larger than the "nation". In the end,all humanity will gather as "one great family and live harmoniously in the global village."
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