This volume emerged from a series of papers given at a two-day meeting at The Johns Hopkins University in September 1994 to honor Robert Forster's more than thirty years as scholar, mentor, and friend. One of the most eminent scholars of the revolutionary era, Bob Forster has shared his knowledge, insights, and human warmth with the entire coterie of scholars in his field. In particular, he did much to inspire all of the scholarship in this volume. For that, we thank him with deepest gratitude.
We thank Gary Kates and Jon Dewald, who read the entire manuscript and offered many helpful suggestions. We also thank Peter Potter of The Pennsylvania State University Press, who has been extremely supportive. In addition, Marjorie Censer helped with various aspects of the conference that ultimately inspired this whole project.