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He specializes in contemporary German affairs, especially literature and culture, on which he has published numerous articles and books. In 1979 he founded the journal GDR Monitor, which he continues to edit under its new title German Monitor. Hans H. Wellisch is Professor emeritus at the College of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland. He was President of the American Society of Indexers and was a member of the International Federation for Documentation. He is the author of numerous articles and several books on indexing and abstracting, and has published The Conversion of Scripts and Indexing and Abstracting: an International Bibliography, and Indexing from A to Z.

Indeed, struggles for commercial power in the Baltic and in Russian rivers would characterize much of the relationship between Denmark and Sweden. The Viking Age, a period of intense Scandinavian expansion, is usually placed between 800 and 1050 AD, although there is evidence of Viking presence in Denmark as early as the 700s. Peaceful trading and settling gave way to plundering and conquering. Danish armies engaged in series of attacks and invasions over much of western Europe, and major campaigns were waged against England.

This centralized bureaucracy saw a new governing body with a collegiate structure formed in Copenhagen, and a remodelling of the treasury and judiciary. In the provinces, the fiefs were abolished and replaced by a county system under the direction of salaried civil servants drawn from the local aristocracy, and tax collection was further delegated to those of lower social status. Salaried civil servants were eventually granted titles, becoming a new aristocracy loyal to the Crown. The weakened traditional Danish nobility faded into the background.

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