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date: 26 May 2019

(p. v) Acknowledgements

(p. v) Acknowledgements

The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History is four years in the making, and we have accumulated many debts along the way. We would first like to thank Christopher Wheeler, who commissioned the project and helped see it to the end, and Matthew Cotton, for his sound editorial advice. We would also like to thank Emma Barber, who carefully steered the project through production, Sue Finlay, the copyeditor, and Nicola Sangster, who proofread the final manuscript with a watchful eye. As the editor, I am especially grateful to the authors, leading experts in their fields, who have taken time away from their own work to offer an interpretive reading of their research area. The chapters, as readers will see, are neither historiographical overviews nor simple textbook glosses; instead, they represent what in Germany is sometimes called mid-level synthesis: genuine attempts to make sense of the German past, and to suggest starting points for further thinking. A Handbook, we all agreed, should open, not close, a field. I would also like to thank Christine Brocks, who translated a series of chapters (5, 11, 13, 19, and part of 26), compiled the index, and helped with proof reading. At Vanderbilt, Ann Oslin, the administrative assistant at the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, also scrutinized a number of chapters, as did my graduate students, Jeremy DeWaal, Robbie Gibson, Heather Jones, and Sonja Ostrow. Andreas W. Daum (Buffalo), Margaret Lavinia Anderson (Berkeley), James Retallack (Toronto), and Benjamin Ziemann (Sheffield) read my own chapters, and offered invaluable criticism. Finally, we owe a debt of gratitude to the German Studies Association for allowing us to present our ideas in a series of panels in Washington D.C., to the German Historical Institute in London for critical discussion of the Handbook's conception, and to the “Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands,” as it is now called, for hosting a panel at its annual meeting in Berlin to consider some of the Handbook's conclusions. (p. vi)