The Polish American Encyclopedia

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ISBN-13: 978-0786433087
ISBN-10: 0786433086
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"bold-faced cross-references in each entry...readers will find the frequency of illustrative photographs helpful" --Library Journal

About the Author

James S. Pula is a professor of history at Purdue University North Central in Westville, Indiana. He is the editor of the scholarly journal Polish American Studies.
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  • Hardcover: 595 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786433086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786433087
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on April 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This single volume packs in a great deal of information-- biographical data on major and minor Pol-Am personages of virtually every walk of life, Pol-Am cultural phenomena, reviews of major Polish social organizations, Polish American organizations, relations of Poles and Pole-Ams to other ethnicities, statistical data, and much more. Judging by the entries, the primary emphasis of the volume appears to be biographical. Famous Jews from Poland are included.

The entries in this work are listed in alphabetical order. Each entry consists of a few paragraphs to a few pages, and has sources written below it (not on a separate page). This makes it convenient to look up more information on the subject. Entries contain items in BOLD, and these BOLD items have their own entries. The entries are cross-referenced, in detail, in the index, which is quite profuse. Thus, for example, Dmowski and Pilsudski are not listed as entries, as they were not Polish Americans. However, these names are listed in the index, enabling the reader to find the entries (actually, page numbers) in which they are discussed.

Because the information in this volume is so exhaustive, I now mention a few entries that I found particularly interesting:

Consider the pierogi. The entry (p. 360) is based on an article by Robert Strybel. Pierogi have counterparts not only in the eastern Slavic VARENIKI, but also foods as geographically distant as the Italian RAVIOLI, Turkish MANTI, Chinese JIAOZI, and the Korean MANDU. The author speculates that the Poles got the idea from the Italians.

Now consider some fascinating information derived from the 2000 United States Census. (pp. 56-58). At least 9 million Americans are of Polish descent.
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