This series revisits the historical and contemporary experience of one of America’s largest ethnic groups and the history of a European homeland that has played an important role in twentieth century world affairs. The Polish and Polish-American Studies Series publishes innovative monographs and more general works that offer new, critical, revisionist, or comparative perspectives in the field. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in profile, the series recruits manuscripts on Polish immigration and ethnic communities and on their country of origin and its various peoples.

John J. Bukowczyk, General Editor
Professor of History
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
313 577 2799

The Polish and Polish-American Series is made possible by:
The Polish American Historical Association and the Stanley Kulczycki Publication Fund of the Polish American Historical Association, New Britain, Connecticut,
The Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, and
The Frank and Mary Padzieski Endowed Professorship in Polish/Polish American/Eastern European Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Support is also provided by the following individuals:
Thomas Duszak (Benefactor),
George Bobinski (Contributor),
Alfred Bialobrzeski (Friend),
William Galush (Friend),
Col. John A. and Pauline A. Garstka (Friend)
Jonathan Huener (Friend),
Grazyna Kozaczka (Friend),
Neal Pease (Friend), and
Maria Ziemianek (Friend).

The Politics of Morality · The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland

By Joanna Mishtal

The Politics of Morality is an anthropological study of the expansion of power of the religious right in postsocialist Poland and its effects on individual rights and social mores.

Taking Liberties · Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786–1989

By Halina Filipowicz

As narrow, nationalist views of patriotic allegiance have become widespread and are routinely invoked to justify everything from flag-waving triumphalism to xenophobic bigotry, the concept of a nonnationalist patriotism has vanished from public conversation.

Between the Brown and the Red · Nationalism, Catholicism, and Communism in Twentieth-Century Poland—The Politics of Bolesław Piasecki

By Mikołaj Stanisław Kunicki

The Borders of Integration · Polish Migrants in Germany and the United States, 1870–1924

By Brian McCook

A comparative study of Polish migrants in the Ruhr Valley and in northeastern Pennsylvania, The Borders of Integration questions assumptions about race and white immigrant assimilation a hundred years ago, highlighting how the Polish immigrant experience is relevant to present-day immigration debates. It shows the complexity of attitudes toward immigration in Germany and the United States, challenging historical myths surrounding German national identity and the American “melting pot.”

The Law of the Looking Glass · Cinema in Poland, 1896–1939

By Sheila Skaff

The Law of the Looking Glass: Cinema in Poland, 1896–1939 reveals the complex relationship between nationhood, national language, and national cinema in Europe before World War II. Author Sheila Skaff describes how the major issues facing the region before World War I, from the relatively slow pace of modernization to the desire for national sovereignty, shaped local practices in film production, exhibition, and criticism.

The Clash of Moral Nations · Cultural Politics in Piłsudski’s Poland, 1926–1935

By Eva Plach

The Clash of Moral Nations is a study of the political culture of interwar Poland, as reflected in and by the May 1926 coup and the following period of “sanacja.” It tracks the diverse appropriations and manipulations of that concept, introducing an important cultural and gendered dimension to understandings of national and political identity in interwar Poland.

The Grasinski Girls · The Choices They Had and the Choices They Made

By Mary Patrice Erdmans

The Grasinski Girls were working-class Americans of Polish descent, born in the 1920s and 1930s, who created lives typical of women in their day. They went to high school, married, and had children. For the most part, they stayed home to raise their children. And they were happy doing that. They took care of their appearance and their husbands, who took care of them.

Traitors and True Poles · Narrating a Polish-American Identity, 1880–1939

By Karen Majewski

During Poland’s century-long partition and in the interwar period of Poland's reemergence as a state, Polish writers on both sides of the ocean shared a preoccupation with national identity. Polish-American immigrant writers revealed their persistent, passionate engagement with these issues, as they used their work to define and consolidate an essentially transnational ethnic identity that was both tied to Poland and independent of it.

Few places in the world carry as heavy a burden of history as Auschwitz. Recognized and remembered as the most prominent site of Nazi crimes, Auschwitz has had tremendous symbolic weight in the postwar world. Auschwitz, Poland, and the Politics of Commemoration is a history of the Auschwitz memorial site in the years of the Polish People's Republic.