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From Good King Wenceslas to the Good Soldier Švejk

A Dictionary of Czech Popular Culture

By Andrew Roberts

Publication Year: 2005

Roberts' book follows in the tradition of recent scholarship that seeks to emphasize the importance of popular culture and the wealth of knowledge that can be gained through an analysis of the daily lives and practices of individuals. Focusing on popular songs, movie stars, famous athletes, traditional dishes, and children's games that are second nature to every Czech, Roberts' work serves as an introduction to Czech popular culture. This dictionary is a sizeable achievement as it offers an English readership an invaluable source of information to a rich body of material that has thus far remained ephemeral. The six hundred entries are cross-referenced and allow readers to pursue particular topics in greater depth. Written in a readable style this work is easily accessible to a wide readership.

Published by: Central European University Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xi

The intent of this dictionary is not to provide a complete account of Czech history and culture. I am neither a historian nor cultural critic, merely an observer of everyday life. My aim is simply to introduce the reader to a number of concepts—people, places, songs, games, slogans—common in Czech popular culture. These concepts generally do not appear in dictionaries, textbooks, or histories, or at least not in the form they ...

A Short Guide to Czech Pronunciation

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pp. xii-13

A Brief Chronology of Czech History

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pp. xiii-xiv


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pp. 1-194

List of Tables

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pp. 195-196


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pp. 197-198


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pp. 199-207

E-ISBN-13: 9786155053580
Print-ISBN-13: 9789637326264

Page Count: 222
Publication Year: 2005

Edition: 1st

OCLC Number: 191937666
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