Brian McCook

Brian McCook is a senior lecturer in history and politics at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the German Historical Institute, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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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.”

“McCook offers an insightful comparative study that carefully situates in time Polish immigrant communities in the Ruhr valley and in Pennsylvania and demonstrates well their social and political evolution. He makes a strong case for the modern relevance of the Polish experience in discussion of immigration and government policy today.”

The Journal of American History