Many people have contributed to the completion of this project, and it
is a pleasant task (and one I have looked forward to for a while) to ac-
made Cornell such a nurturing, mind-opening experience for me. The
very ability to express my appreciation owes a great deal to the patience
who introduced me to the dos and don’ts of their native tongue. Stuart
Blumin, whom my family has come to call affectionately Doktorvater,
supported this project as a mentor who influenced the questions I asked
and the ways in which I went about answering them while ﬁnding time
to introduce me to many things American, from baseball to fly ﬁshing.
enological knowledge and most of all his willingness to combine all of
them were crucial to my American experience, thewriting of mydisser-
tation, and the continuation of my career back home in Europe. Larry
companionship and camaraderie with Bob Bussel, Clare Crowston, John
Fousek, Chris Heindl, Connie Kindig, Cynthia Koepp, Liz Milliken, Jim
Siekmeier, Sam Stoloff, CarlosVillamil, and Michael Wilson often grew
and on hikes in upstate NewYork.