Wasteland with Words: A Social History of Iceland

Wasteland with Words: A Social History of Iceland

Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon


Iceland appears to be like to many a rustic shrouded in secret and legend, and marked by means of contradiction: part of Europe, and but separated from it via the Atlantic Ocean; doubtless inhospitable, and but domestic to greater than 300,000 souls.Wasteland with phrases explores the evolution and transformation of Icelandic society and tradition, investigating the literary and ancient elements that created the wealthy cultural history loved by means of Icelanders this day. Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon provides a wide-ranging and precise research of the island’s background, studying how a nineteenth-century economic system according to the industries of fishing and agriculture – one of many poorest in Europe – turned a disproportionately huge monetary energy within the past due 20th century, whereas conserving its powerful experience of cultural id. the new financial and political cave in of the rustic is additionally assessed, within the mild of the historic improvement of the island. With a spotlight at the lives of person Icelanders all through, the ebook seeks to chart the large adjustments during this country’s heritage in the course of the impression and impact at the Icelandic humans themselves.Wasteland with phrases is a complete research of the island’s social and historic improvement, from tiny fishing settlements to an international fiscal strength. it's going to attract someone attracted to or learning this such a lot enigmatic of islands, and in addition to these drawn to cultural and social background as an entire.

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