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Waltzing Through Europe

Attitudes towards Couple Dances in the Long Nineteenth Century

by Egil Bakka, Theresa Jill Buckland, Helena Saarikoski, Anne von Bibra Wharton

Waltzing Through Europe

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A refreshing intervention in dance studies, this book brings together elements of historiography, cultural memory, folklore, and dance across comparatively narrow but markedly heterogeneous localities. Rooted in investigations of often newly discovered primary sources, the essays afford many opportunities to compare sociocultural and political reactions to the arrival and practice of popular rotating couple dances, such as the Waltz and the Polka. Leading contributors provide a transnational and affective lens onto strikingly diverse topics, ranging from the evolution of romantic couple dances in Croatia, and Strauss's visits to Hamburg and Altona in the 1830s, to dance as a tool of cultural preservation and expression in twentieth-century Finland.

Waltzing Through Europe creates openings for fresh collaborations in dance historiography and cultural history across fields and genres. It is essential reading for researchers of dance in central and northern Europe, while also appealing to the general reader who wants to learn more about the vibrant histories of these familiar dance forms.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Waltzing Through Europe ebook for free in PDF format (96.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Round Dance Paradigm
Chapter 2
The State of Research
Chapter 3
A Survey of the Chapters in the Book
Chapter 4
The Waltz at Some Central European Courts
Chapter 5
The Polka as a Czech National Symbol
Chapter 6
Decency, Health, and Grace Endangered by Quick Dancing?: The New Dance Style in Bohemia in 1830
Chapter 7
Reception of Nineteenth-Century Couple Dances in Hungary
Chapter 8
The Waltz among Slovenians
Chapter 9
Dancing and Politics in Croatia: The Salonsko Kolo as a Patriotic Response to the Waltz
Chapter 10
Waltzing Through Europe: Johann Strauss (the Elder) in Hamburg and Altona in 1836
Chapter 11
Continuity and Reinvention: Past Round Dances in Present Estonia
Chapter 12
The Ban on Round Dances 1917-1957: Regulating Social Dancing in Norwegian Community Houses
Chapter 13
Dance and 'Folk Devils'
Chapter 14
Nostalgia as a Perspective on Past Dance Culture in Finland
Chapter 15
A Twenty-First Century Resurrection: The Potresujka, the Croatian Polka Tremblante

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