is only fitting that a book about comradeship should start byacknowl-
edging all the advice, help, and support the author received in the many
years it took to bring the project to fruition. Like so many first books, it
began as a doctoral dissertation, and my first debt of gratitude goes to
my professors and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin. My adviser,
David Bethea, was always ready to discuss even the most unorthodox of
approaches and was a strong and enthusiastic supporter from the very
beginning. My coursework with Clare Cavanagh and Judith Kornblatt
gave me the opportunity to develop many of the ideas that would result in
this book; both Clare and Judith were also discerning and critical readers
of numerous papers and drafts that eventually found their way into the
final version. Rounding out my dissertation and exam committees were
Gary Rosenshield and Tomislav Longinovic, whose invaluable insights
helped me along the way. I am grateful to all of them for encouraging me
to take on a project that I thought too large for a doctoral dissertation.
And I am particularly indebted to Arlene Forman at Oberlin College for
her help with this topic long before it even vaguely resembled its present
While in Madison, I was supported financially by grants from the Mel-
lon Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, and intellectually by
my fellow graduate students and friends, many of whom read drafts and
listened to hours of aimless ranting about masculinity and revolution:
Amy Singleton Adams, Angela Brintlinger, Luke Ellenberg, Ann Gleason,
Paul Klanderud, Dianne Sattinger, Maya Hoptman, Laurie Iudin-Nelson,
Francis Poulin, and Jenifer Presto.
Much of the original work was completed in Moscow, where I bene-
fited from fascinating conversations with Galina Yevgenievna Khutor-
skaya and from the patient support of Natasha Lipkina. I am grateful to
my colleagues and friends Catherine Sevcenko at the U.S. Embassy's Cul-
tural Section, Marina Abbot and Inga Pagava at the Moscow Fulbright
Office, Bill James at the United States Information Agency, and Laurie
Calhoun, Carol Hoyer, and Andy Riess at the Council for International
Exchanges of Scholars, for their patience with me as I juggled my job
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