Many people have assisted the shaping and production of this
book. As the book itself stresses the contexts of historical produc-
tion, I would like to indicate some of its own background by
thanking those to whom, as readers, I am directly indebted. First
and foremost, I wish to thank Norman Rosenberg. It is within our
continual dialogue about the meanings of history that all of my
work has taken shape. Akira Iriye, long an influence on my schol-
arship, provided an initial invitation to join with several others in
investigating a topic of historical memory related to the United
States, Japan, and the Pacific War. Collaborators in this larger
historical memory project commented on this work at two con-
ferences, held in 2001 and 2002. The book benefited enormously
from generous readers who made suggestions, caught errors, and
provided encouragement. I especially wish to thank Paul Solon
and Jerry Fisher, my colleagues at Macalester College, along with
John Dower, Marc Gallicchio, Waldo Heinrichs, Akira Iriye, and
Edward T. Linenthal. Ruth Rosenberg, Matt Diediker, David Itzko-
witz, and Frank Costigliola alerted me to relevant materials. Two
students provided valuable assistance. Katherine Forsyth, as part
of our larger conversation about historical memory, co-authored
chapter 8. Anthony Todd, with diligence, meticulous attention to
detail, and great humor, provided help with research, computer
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