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  • From the Editors
  • Hillary Hope Herzog and Todd Herzog

This issue is the last to appear under our editorship. It is fitting that it is a Festschrift for David Luft, who was president of the newly renamed Austrian Studies Association when we were appointed editors of the newly renamed Journal of Austrian Studies. David guided us through the transition with the sense of generosity, patience, and humor for which he is well known. He and the authors who have contributed to this Festschrift exhibit the intellectual curiosity, methodological pluralism, and expansive understanding of the field of Austrian Studies that this journal seeks to give voice to. We couldn't imagine a more fitting way to cap off our ten years at the helm of the JAS.

Over the years, we have worked under six ASA presidents and dozens of Executive Board officers and have benefited from their guidance and support. It has been an honor to steward this great organization's flagship publication through its first decade under its new name and its sixth decade since its origins as a newsletter of the Arthur Schnitzler Research Association in 1961.

Joseph Moser has been with us all along the way. He was already well established as book review editor when we arrived, and he will remain a fixture in that position after we leave. Every three months we would reliably receive fifteen edited and formatted book reviews that were ready to add to the issue being assembled. Faced with the enormous task of surveying all of the publications in the field of Austrian Studies, matching them with the experts best suited to review them, and then putting everything together into a coherent package, Joseph has been a model of professionalism and competence. It has been a pleasure to work with him.

Many of the members of the journal's Editorial Board have been with us from the beginning of our term as editors. Others have joined over the years. [End Page xiii] All have been vital to the guidance of this journal over the past decade. We thank all of them for their support.

The first task we undertook when we assumed editorship was to find a press to publish the journal. When a colleague related to us her strongly positive experiences with the University of Nebraska Press, we knew that it would be our first choice. Manjit Kaur led us through the contract process and introduced us to the team that would expertly manage this journal during our tenure. Joel Puchalla is the first person to receive each new issue of the journal as soon as it leaves our hands, and, as Reader No. 1, he instantly improves it. Anne Aberle has expertly coordinated publication for the past several years. Odessa Anderson and Joyce Gettman solve every fulfillment issue we encounter (and make sure that such issues are few and far between). Lacey Losh is responsible for the attractive appearance of the JAS. Although we have never been to Lincoln and have not had the opportunity to meet the UNP Journals team in person, we feel like we have gotten to know them over the years. To be honest, we're going to miss them and our quarterly exchanges of correspondence surrounding each new issue.

Copyediting is an art and a skill that only a few people possess. Martin Schneider possesses it in two languages. He is almost certainly the only person who has read every word of every issue of the JAS over the past decade. And every page has benefited from his expert guidance, sense of language, and encyclopedic knowledge of editorial and citation guidelines. We couldn't have made it through our first issue without him, let alone an entire decade.

When we were appointed editors of the JAS, we were tasked with continuing the expansion of the journal in scope and representation. We dreamt up big plans for carefully coordinated issues that would systematically explore new subjects and approaches and feature carefully assembled groups of scholars representing a diversity of fields and approaches. As we suppose all new academic journal editors soon realize, the position involves a lot more chance, reaction, and chaos management than they...


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