lection.The Siegfrieds graciouslyopened their familyarchives to me;
members of the Chambrun, Gruner, Métin, and Seilhac families inv
meintotheirhomesandofficestospeakabouttheirancestors.Itisap
sure to thank Christian Topalov for having invited me to present par
my work to his research seminar in Paris, and the seminar participa
for their thought-provoking comments. Christophe Prochasson gen
ously pointed me toward important archival sources at a key junctur
myresearch;andAntoineSavoyesharedhisresearch,ideas,andamica
support from my earliest days in Paris.
AmongmymentorsinFrance,Iwouldparticularlyliketoacknowle
mygratitudetoLouisBergeron,whodirectedmyD.E.A.thesisonlow-c
housingattheÉcoledeshautesétudesensciencessocialesandwhoser
asmyhonorarythesisadvisorforthePh.D.Sincethen,hehasalwaysfo
therequisitedoseofencouragement,humor,andwhatIcanonlycall‘
spiredimpatience,’’whileurgingmetofinishmymanuscript.TohimI
deeply indebted. My gratitude extends to André Burguière, Jacques Ju
ard,MichèlePerrot,MadeleineRebérioux,PierreRosanvallon,andMic
Winock, all of whom have been my teachers, have generously share
their time, and have helped open new vistas on my work.
Of course, without the support of a variety of institutions, it wo
have been nearly impossible to complete such a study. New York Uni
sity’sInstituteof FrenchStudiesprovidedadynamicinterdisciplinary
cross-cultural milieu for my research interests and supported me al
the way. The late Nicholas Wahl, director of the Institute, left a last
imprint upon my thinking and understanding of France and the way
the French. For his lessons,of an intellectual but also of a more perso
nature, I will always be grateful. I also benefited from a predissertat
travelgrantfromtheCouncilforEuropeanStudies,aFrenchGovernm
ChateaubriandFellowship,andaJacobJavitsFellowshipfromtheU.S.
partment of Education.The Universityof Virginia granted me a resea
leave and several summer stipends to help with the completion of
book.Ithankeachoftheseinstitutionsforplayingsuchanimportant
in supporting historical scholarship.
AtDukeUniversityPress,ValerieMillhollandhasbeenadelighttow
with. I thank her for her patience, unfailing confidence, and goodwil
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