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date: 23 October 2019

(p. v) Acknowledgments

(p. v) Acknowledgments

This book has been a pleasurable collaboration across continents and across many years of development. It was initiated during a very early morning coffee in Sydney, Philippa having just flown in from Los Angeles. Crossing academic paths over the next few years, we developed the project in Los Angeles, tightened it in London and Cambridge, and brought it to its production home in New York. We are grateful to our many contributors for their immediate interest and their expertise sought and granted along the way.

There have been three workshops held in the preparation of this volume, and we gratefully acknowledge the University of Southern California and the University of Sydney for funding and facilitating these enjoyable and productive events. With various contributors, we met in Los Angeles in March 2006, in Sydney a year later, and in London in June 2007. It was at one of the fine dinners in Los Angeles that Saul Dubow mentioned how extensive, but also how dispersed, eugenics scholarship was. The project began to reshape at that point into this set of survey chapters that synthesize current knowledge and serve as introductions to further inquiry. The new Oxford History Handbooks series emerged as a natural home. Nancy Toff at Oxford has been an exemplary, an efficient, and a wise editor.

We are grateful for the skilled work of our Sydney-based assistants in the preparation of this volume; Annie Briggs and Jeannine Baker have been fine colleagues in this capacity. Thanks also to Matthew Oram, Émilie Paquin, Catie Gilchrist in Sydney, and to the Harvard students in the Fall of 2009, so interested in the comparative history of eugenics. In Los Angeles, we thank Peter Mancall and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute staff, as well as Bill Deverell and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West for financial, intellectual, and administrative support.




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