We are grateful for financial support from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the British Academy, and the Universities' China Committee in London. The helpful comments of all those who attended the conference have improved the volume greatly. We are furthermore grateful for an anonymous reviewer of Brill Academic Publishers. His or her detailed and insightful comments have improved the final outcome in many ways. Peter Lorge went far beyond the call of collegial duty in assisting with the revisions and editing of Huang K'uan-chung's manuscript. Susan van de Ven imposed a uniform format on disparate manuscripts and rescued us from many infelicities and errors in language and style. The bursar and staff of St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, made the conference a socially pleasant as well as academically stimulating occasion.