The first words of this book were written in Barcelona, followed by a torrent
of other words, typed out on eight computers in a dozen homes in as many
years, in Spain, Argentina, and the United States. My friends know that along
the way I have become a connoisseur of the acknowledgments in books,
looking for the most gracious and artful way to render tribute to the host of
witnesses, colleagues, allies, and supporters who were so essential to a project
that is formally attributed only to me. But on this point I must admit a small
defeat: clever formulas have failed me, and so I can only turn to the familiar
list, the small written attempt to honor a greater debt.
The institutions are a good place to start. This project has been generously
funded by fellowships from Duke University, the Fulbright Commission, the
Social Science Research Council (with the American Council of Learned So-
cieties), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the United
States Department of Education, the Conference of Latin American Histo-
rians, and the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation. I have also received
ample support as a postdoctoral scholar and faculty member from New York
University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of California,
Berkeley. In particular, of course, I am grateful to Valerie Millholland and
Miriam Angress at Duke University Press for believing in this book and guid-
ing it into its final form.
In research on Argentina, and on Latin America in general, the very avail-
ability of sources is never a given, and thus I owe a great deal to the librarians
and archivists who made this work possible at all. All of the institutions they
capably run are named in the bibliography.
In Buenos Aires, I owe a deep debt to Graciela Milani, for o√ering shelter,
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