The Polish Peasant in Europe and America.Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1918-20 Stock Code: 147755
First editions, first printings, of the complete set of this important sociological study.
"Thomas had already travelled to Eastern Europe and Russia in 1896, considering the prospect of a comparative study of immigrant groups. That approach would have tended to highlight the differences between groups and to imply that such differences were deep-seated and persistent. By 1910 Thomas had revised his research plan to be vertical and historical, rather than horizontal and comparative. A philanthropic friend funded almost a decade of Thomas's travel, research, and publication, culminating in his masterpiece, The Polish Peasant in Europe and America. The book was signed by Thomas and Florian Znaniecki, a philosopher whom Thomas had met in Poland and brought to the United States in 1914 for a long career in sociology. The two friends exchanged ideas freely, and Znaniecki contributed to the development of the ideas to which Thomas's name became attached" (ANB).
5 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, new endpapers in vols. II and IV.
Light rubbing at extremities, yet a near-fine, bright and tight set.
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