From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"What’s heaven? Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and the organizers are Swiss.
So then, what’s hell? Hell is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss and the organizers are Italian." [...]
Volksgeist is a concept first developed by German folklorist and romanticist Johann Gottfried Herder and in his treatise This Too a Philosophy of History for the Formation of Humanity (1774). The concept is associated with the concept of national, racial or ethnic stereotypes based on generalizations. Compare Zeitgeist. The premise is simple: is there any truth in German gründlichkeit and pünktlichkeit, are the French good lovers or do they more frequently make love than the rest of Europe, do Italians really have better aesthetic judgement, are Belgians averse to authority, are the Dutch candid and permissive?
- Elements of culture
- Ethnic stereotypes
- National emblem
- National stereotypes
- National character studies
- Popular consciousness
- Stereotypes of White Americans and Europeans
- World culture