ac know ledg ments
Bad Water is the result of a project over a dozen years in
the making. Over this time I have benefi ted from the help
and support of numerous teachers, friends, institutions,
and family. I apologize in advance to anyone I failed to
mention but who nonetheless deserves my thanks.
I must express my deepest gratitude to Tetsuo Najita
and James Ketelaar for their insistence on the importance
and intellectual stakes of historical investigation. Both de-
serve special thanks for teaching me to be a better reader,
writer, and thinker. Th eir passion for sustained, deep
thinking not only, I hope, informs this book but is also a
model I have tried my best to emulate in research and the
classroom. With them, Harry Harootunian has also inter-
vened at key points of this pro cess, helping me to try to
combine theoretical analysis with daily practice. Needless
to say, any stumbles in this area in the pages that follow
remain mine alone.
Brett Walker and Julia Th omas kindly read the entire
manuscript when it was at its roughest. Carol Gluck
graciously took on this project at the Weatherhead East
Asian Institute at Columbia University, and she and Dan-
iel Rivero stuck with it through all the ups and downs. I
am also thankful to the readers from both the Weather-
head Institute and Duke University Press, whose substan-
tial and thoughtful comments surely improved the fi nal
version. Others who read parts include Prasenjit Duara,
Norma Field, Anne Walthall, Douglas Howland, Gregory
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