I owe much to Loyola College in Maryland and to their bestowal of the Edward and Catherine Doehler Chair in Asian History in 1998; this position allowed me to work more quickly on this book than first projected. For their generous support of the chair itself and their special kindness to me, I want to thank Edward and Catherine Doehler. For various kinds of support during my first year at Loyola, I am grateful to my colleagues in the Department of History, especially to Professors Charles Cheape and Thomas Pegram, who repeatedly offered sound advice when I struck various snags along the way. Special thanks should go to my editor at Columbia, James Warren, who invited me to write the guide and was always eager to discuss the project, offering sage words of advice on many occasions. Finally, to my wife, Beth, who continually offers love, support, and encouragement, and to Kara, Derek, and Heather, who through each stage of growing up and maturing have offered new joys and challenges, I say my deepest thank you.