ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS THERE ARE PERFECT BOOKS and those that actually get published. This work has been written in the latter spirit, viewing itself as the beginning rather than the final word on the many discussions that are being opened up in the following pages. It took me about ten years to gather the sources for this book and finish the manuscript. During this time, I have enjoyed the unwavering support of my family, friends, and colleagues, who have been an integral part of this journey from the very beginning. A special expression of gratitude goes to my colleagues at the University of Heidelberg, both in the Department of History and in the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). The HCA invited me as a research fellow in 2005 and has been my academic home for several years. I am especially indebted to Detlef Junker, who cordially welcomed me to Heidelberg in 2001 and let me pursue this project, supporting and guiding my work both intellectually and on a personal level over the years in ways too numerous to mention. Also in Heidelberg, Wilfried Mausbach and Philipp Gassert’s comments on matters of substance and style, as well as my intense academic discussions with them over the years, have helped me navigate the turbulent waters of the sixties on both sides of the Atlantic and have profoundly shaped this work. I owe further gratitude to Akira Iriye of Harvard University. His insights into the global dimensions of American history, our many exchanges over the years, and his constant personal support have been an important part of my intellectual development and were of enormous bene fit to this book. Also in Cambridge, my affiliation with the New Global History initiative and Bruce Mazlish’s encouragement inspired me to see the value in a broadened historical perspective. It also led me to reframe my conclusions about the transnational dimension of 1960s protest in the spirit of a global history. Likewise, the scholarship and comments of Daniel Rodgers of Princeton University have guided and greatly enriched this work over the years. This book is also a product of a transatlantic cooperation between the University of Heidelberg and Rutgers University, N.J., where I had the privilege of spending two academic years as a visiting scholar and adjunct lecturer. The generous support of the Volkswagen Foundation allowed me to conduct my work in the company of fellow academics, whose coop- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiv eration I deeply appreciate. I am particularly indebted to Belinda Davis and Carla MacDougall for the productive collaboration and their constructive suggestions during this time. Responsibility for the content of this work rests with me alone, but many people have helped in its production. I was given the chance to present portions of this work at various conferences, workshops, and seminars at Columbia University, Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Washington and Lee University, Vassar College, the University of Leeds, the University of Bielefeld, the University of Münster , the University of Zurich, the University of Vienna, the University of Helsinki, the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., the German Studies Association, the German Association for American Studies, the American Historical Association, as well as the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations. There and elsewhere, I benefited substantially from the comments and suggestions of Manfred Berg, David Farber, Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey, George Katsiaficas, Laura Kolbe, Charles Maier, Detlef Siegfried, and Franz-Werner Kersting. Wolfgang Kraushaar has shown his continuous support ever since the project was in its early stages and has been a guiding force over the years. Jeremi Suri has read and commented on various drafts of my work with a keen eye on the precision of my key arguments, which tremendously enriched my understanding of The Other Alliance along the lines of an international study. Maria Höhn’s academic advice and her optimism and collegiality in the past years have become a reminder of the great benefits that abound in an open and honest scholarly cooperation and in intellectual friendships. Similarly, the insights of my colleagues Joachim Scharloth and Kathrin Fahlenbrach, as well as the many projects and papers from the affiliates of our international research network “European Protest Movements Since 1945,” have illuminated for me the ways in which other disciplines look at this tumultuous decade. Finally, Jeremy Varon’s passion and enthusiasm , combined with our discussions on...


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