O'Reilly logo

Poland in the Modern World: Beyond Martyrdom by Brian Porter-Sz̋cs

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Writing a survey history that covers this much material requires both an inordinate amount of chutzpa and enough humility to ask for help. Thankfully I was able to rely upon a great network of friends and colleagues who could provide me with tips and correct some of the embarrassing errors in my preliminary drafts. In particular I want to thank those who gave me invaluable input on the draft manuscript, as well as those who provided me with key pieces of advice at crucial moments: Paul Brykczyński, Anna Cichopek-Gajraj, John Connelly, Małgorzata Fidelis, Jesse Kaufman, Padraic Kenney, Michael Meng, Ray Patton, Antony Polonsky, Natalie Smolenski, Dariusz Stola, Ron Suny, Andrzej Paczkowski, and Jessica Żychowicz. I also want to thank the wonderful staff at Wiley Blackwell who helped shepherd this book to completion, particularly Georgina Coleby, Sally Cooper, Tessa Harvey, Nik Prowse, and Janey Fisher.

My family has always been unfailingly supportive of my work, but this time they were able to make a more direct contribution: they were my guinea pigs, serving as examples of the general readers for whom this book is written. They were able to warn me whenever I veered off into the thickets of academic jargon or obscure references, or when I was just plain dull. So I want to give a special thanks to my father Burchard Porter, my mother Susan Barfield, my aunt Ann Cunningham, my beloved wife Ildi Porter-Szűcs, and my oldest daughters Sofi and Alex Porter-Castro. Their ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required