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Acknowledgments There are many persons and institutions I wish to thank for making this comparative study of Polish migrants possible. For financial support during the research, writing, and production of this volume, I am indebted to the German Chancellor Scholars Program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the German Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.); the Kosciuszko Foundation; the Social Science Research Council’s Berlin Program for German and European Studies; the Institute for European History at the University of Mainz; the Mellon Foundation; the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University; the University of California at Berkeley, especially the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the Institute of International Studies, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and the Berkeley History Department. While conducting research in Germany, I was fortunate to be affiliated and work with Klaus Bade and Jochen Oltmer at the Institute for Migration and Intercultural Studies in Osnabrück and Klaus Tenfelde at the Institute of Social Movements in Bochum. I also thank the professional and helpful staff at the State Archives in Münster, the Main State Archive in Düsseldorf , and the City Archives of Bochum, Gelsenkirchen, and Oberhausen, respectively. In Poland, I am indebted to the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, which generously opened its library to me, and to the archivists at the Poznań City and State Archives. In the United States, I cannot thank enough the personnel at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Catholic University Archives in Washington, D.C., the Polish National Catholic Church, the Anthracite Mining Museum, and the Public Library in Scranton. A number of conferences, workshops, and forums helped me refine and focus my ideas. I presented papers at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Woodrow Wilson Center Junior Scholars Training Seminar in East European Studies; the American Historical Association/ Polish American Historical Association meetings in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia; the Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in German xiv l Acknowledgments Studies; the European Social Science History Conference meetings in Amsterdam and Lisbon; the Social Science History Conference in Minnesota ; the Social History Society meeting in Warwick; the Central European University in Budapest; the Ruhr-University Bochum; the University of Glamorgan (Wales); the University of Swansea; the University of Mainz; the University of Münster; the University of Osnabrück; the University of Salzburg; the University of Cologne; and De Montfort University (Leicester ). From these papers, I have published the following articles relating to the Polish experience in the Ruhr and/or northeastern Pennsylvania: “Divided Hearts: The Struggle between National Identity and Confessional Loyalty among Polish Catholics in the Ruhr, 1904–1914,” Polish Review 47, no. 1 (2002): 67–95; “The Struggle for Polish Autonomy and the Question of Integration in the Ruhr and Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1880–1914,” in Towards a Comparative History of Coalfield Societies, ed. Stefan Berger (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2005), 177–90; “Migration, Citizenship, and Polish Integration in the Ruhr Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1870– 1924,” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 38, no. 1 (2006): 119–34; “Becoming Transnational: Continental and Transatlantic Polish Migration and Return Migration, 1870–1924,” in Relations among Internal, Continental , and Transatlantic Migration, ed. Annemarie Steidl, Josef Ehmer, Stan Nadel, and Hermann Zeitlhofer (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht Unipress, 2009), 151–71. I thank the journals and publishers listed for their permission to include material from these articles in this volume. Over the course of research and writing, I am beholden to many. First and foremost, I thank John Connelly, Kim Voss, and the sadly passed Gerald Feldman and Reginald Zelnik. I also express my gratitude to numerous other colleagues and friends for their help, advice, and comments: Klaus Bade, Stefan Berger, Thomas Duszak, Shane Ewen, David Frick, Gordon Johnston, Leighton James, Bernd Klesmann, Burkhard Olschowsky, Jochen Oltmer, James Spohrer, Valentina-Maria Stefanski, Annemarie Steidl, Klaus Tenfelde, Pien Versteegh, Joseph Wieczerzak, and many others. The professional support provided by the Ohio University Press Polish and Polish-American Studies series has been invaluable. The three anonymous reviewers offered stimulating and helpful advice, and the book is much the better thanks to their efforts. Sincere thanks to John Bukowczyk, the series editor, and the production team at Ohio University Press, including Gillian Berchowitz, editorial director; Nancy Basmajian, managing editor; Beth Pratt, production manager; Jean Cunningham, marketing manager; Acknowledgments l xv and Teresa Jesionowski, copyeditor. Claudia Walters, geographer in the Department of Social...


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Subject Headings

  • Community life -- Pennsylvania -- History.
  • Ruhr River Valley (Germany) -- Ethnic relations.
  • Pennsylvania -- Ethnic relations.
  • Immigrants -- Germany -- Ruhr River Valley -- History.
  • Polish Americans -- Cultural assimilation -- Pennsylvania -- History.
  • Polish people -- Cultural assimilation -- Germany -- Ruhr River Valley -- History.
  • Coal miners -- Germany -- Ruhr River Valley -- History.
  • Community life -- Germany -- Ruhr River Valley -- History.
  • Coal miners -- Pennsylvania -- History.
  • Immigrants -- Pennsylvania -- History.
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