xxi Acknowledgments The completion of this volume has been a long but often pleasant task, and any merit the book may claim is the result of the help that I have received along the way from many sources. I would like to recognize those especially without whom this work would not have appeared. I would like to thank Joyce Salisbury, who intro- duced me to the editors at ABC-CLIO and encouraged me to take on the project. I received further encouragement and great support from my editor, John Wagner, and Bridget Austiguy-Preschel and Sasikala Rajesh. It has been a great pleasure working with them and the entire staff of editors and researchers at ABC-CLIO who have helped bring this project to a timely end. I should thank especially and dedicate this volume to Jill and Olivia, who have helped me in more ways than they know.
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