The Xenophobe s Guide to the Austrians

A guide to understanding the Austrians that delves into the cultural curiosities and peculiar characteristics of this land-locked nation.

Author: Louis James

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 9781908120069

Category: History

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A guide to understanding the Austrians that delves into the cultural curiosities and peculiar characteristics of this land-locked nation.

Xenophobe s Guide to the Austrians

We cannot be moved The Austrian needs lots of persuading to have his traditions tampered with in the name of modernization and efficiency.

Author: Louis James

Publisher: Oval Projects Ltd

ISBN: 1902825187

Category: Travel

Page: 59

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We cannot be moved The Austrian needs lots of persuading to have his traditions tampered with in the name of modernization and efficiency. He is attached to his sausage, his insipid beer, and the young white wine that tastes so remarkably like iron filings. He prefers the familiar, tried, and tested to the novelty, the latter almost certainly being an attempt by persons unknown to make money at his expense. Kitschy, kitschy, koo Home life for the Austrians is a never-ending quest for Gemütlichkeit or coziness, which is achieved by accumulating objects that run the gamut from the pleasingly aesthetic to the mind-blowingly kitsch. Austrian autonomy In Austria detonating pretension is a national pastime. It has to do with attitudes to power that date back to an absolutist form of government and with the self-irony developed by people who were (or thought they were) more talented than the authority to which they had to defer. A grave issue The paradoxical character of the Austrian mingles profoundly conservative attitudes with a flair for innovation and invention. This creative tension usually takes the form of official obstructionism to good ideas, but sometimes the other way round. For example, the population were outraged by Josef II's attempt to make them adopt reusable coffins with flaps on the underside for dropping out the corpses. (The Emperor was forced to retreat, grumbling as he did so about the people's wasteful attitude.)

The Xenophobe s Guide to the Germans

A guide to understanding the Germans that uncovers their insecurities and gently dispels even the most ingrained prejudices.

Author: Stefan Zeidenitz

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 9781908120427

Category: Social Science

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Germans that uncovers their insecurities and gently dispels even the most ingrained prejudices.

The Xenophobe s Guide to the Czechs

All roads lead to Czechia.

Author: Petr Berka

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 9781908120212

Category: Social Science

Page: 96

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All roads lead to Czechia. The Czechs seem to believe that the Earth is the center of the Universe, Europe is the centre of the Earth, and Czechia is at the centre of Europe. Reality Czechs. The ability to put up with a situation adjusting as needs must has been elevated to an art form. Chuckling Czechs. Czech humor is distinguished by mad screams, breast and thigh slapping, and uncontrollable braying. Top of the Czech list. The Czechs would like to be seen as the cauldron in which all that's good from West and East melts; and if not the best, then at least one of the top nations in the world.

The Xenophobe s Guide to the Icelanders

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Author: Richard Sale

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 9781908120519

Category: Humor

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Icelanders which takes an insightful, humorous look at their character and values.

The Xenophobe s Guide to the Welsh

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Author: John Winterson Richards

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 9781908120939

Category: Travel

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Welsh that explores their nature and outlook with benevolence and humour.

The Xenophobe s Guide to the Scots

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Author: David Ross

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 9781908120816

Category: Humor

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Scots that gets under their kilts to reveal all in an affectionate and humorous fashion.

The Xenophobe s Guide to the Aussies

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Author: Ken Hunt

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 9781908120038

Category: Humor

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Aussies which takes an insightful, laconic look at their character and attitudes.

The Xenophobe s Guide to the Irish

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Author: Frank McNally

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 9781908120540

Category: Travel

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Irish that unravels their idiosyncracies and national characteristics.

The Xenophobe s Guide to the Estonians

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Author: Hilary Bird

Publisher: Oval Projects

ISBN: 9781908120335

Category: History

Page: 96

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A guide to understanding the Estonians which dispels or confirms preconceived prejudices with humor and insight.