xi Acknowledgments The contribution made by the volume editors to this project has been inestima- ble. A project of this magnitude could not have been achieved without their un- ceasing eff orts to fi nd contributors for large and small countries alike, to manage their contributors’ contributions, and to edit them into the style and format re- quired by a publication of this type. They helped overcome a number of crises we met along the way. For this and for their always being on the receiving end of my constant e-mails, I express my sincere appreciation. I thank especially Janet Sta- matel for producing the world and regional maps from my sometimes less than adequate databases. Many authors have contributed to these volumes. Without them, of course, this project would not have been possible. The volume editors and I express our great admiration to our contributors and appreciation for their tolerance of our editorial demands, which oftentimes must have seemed unreasonable. We apolo- gize if your chapter ended up a little shorter than you had wanted. We bear full responsibility for any misconceptions that may have occurred as a result of our at-times heavy editorial hand. Finally, we thank the Editorial Advisory Board members for being there when we needed them. —Graeme R. Newman Albany, NY December 31, 2009
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