Poland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Revised and Updated Edition) (Culture Smart!)
Culture Smart! sets out to provide travellers with vitalinformation about the values and attitudes of the people they willmeet, and practical advice on how to make the most of their visitabroad. Travellers to Poland in particular, a country in rapidtransition from its recent Communist past, need to be open-mindedand well-informed.Today’s Poland is very much a mix of the old and the new, andthe two are not always in harmony. Background knowledge of theland, people, and history is crucial to an understanding of thePolish character: the Polish sense of identity has been forged byhistory, and the reader is introduced to the main events ofPoland’s turbulent past. The chapter on values and attitudesprovides essential insights into this relationship-based society,and will prepare you for the specific nature of Polish social andbusiness life.Other chapters show you where and how to meet local people andestablish good relations, how Poles behave in everyday life, andhow they celebrate special occasions. Finally, the business chapterprovides key information aimed at making your time in Poland assuccessful as it will be enjoyable.More than anything else, the Polish people are warm and generousand place great value on personal relationships. Do not pass up theopportunity to visit people in their homes, as their hospitality islegendary. The Poles say, “A guest in the home is God in the home.”Culture Smart! Poland will help you to become a better visitor anda welcome guest in their country.