Over There: Living with the U.S. Military Empire from World War Two
to the Present is a product of collaboration between a sociologist,
whose research interest is South Korea, and a historian, whose work
is concerned with West Germany. We benefited immensely from
this scholarly collaboration, and are equal partners and contribu-
tors in this project. The order in which our names as co-editors are
listed on the cover of this book and in the co-written introduction
and conclusion reflects merely the convention of alphabetization in
scholarly publishing, and is not indicative of any sort of hierarchy.
This volume would have not been produced without the crucial
contributions from our collaborators, who were enthusiastic about
the project from the beginning and professional and collegial
throughout the process. We are deeply grateful to Mitchiko Take-
uchi, Christopher Ames, and Christopher Nelson, whose expertise
and thoughtful contributions made it possible to expand our focus
and to include also Japan and Okinawa in our study. Donna Alvah
and Robin Riley enrich this collection of essays by reminding us
that the military empire has implications not only for women ‘‘Over
There,’’ but also for women at home in the United States. We
are grateful that Christopher Nelson introduced us to Je√ Ben-
nett, whose background in the U.S. Special Forces allowed him
a unique angle for his perceptive and provocative essay on Abu
Graibh. Thanks are also due to Meg Stuart, a gis technician at
Vassar College, for creating the maps for our volume. We are fortu-
nate to have had a chance to work with her.
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