From Good King Wenceslas to the Good Soldier ?vejk: A Dictionary of Czech Popular Culture

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Central European University Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Social Science - 207 pages
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.

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Page ix - These concepts generally do not appear in dictionaries, textbooks, or histories, or at least not in the form they do here.

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Andrew Roberts is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.

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