Notes on the Second Edition (Zeiler Essay)

Acknowledgments to the 2007 Update

Thomas W. Zeiler When Chester Pach of Ohio University, an active member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), approached me to inquire whether I would consider becoming the editor-in-chief of the American Foreign Relations since 1600: A Guide to the Literature, I did not answer for a few days. Being familiar with the SHAFR Guide, as it is familiarly called, and the scrupulous work done by the editor-in-chief of the superb, prize-winning second edition, Bob Beisner, I was a bit intimidated by the request. I accepted, but with much trepidation and not before consulting with Bob himself. His advice and support, and, above all, model of superior scholarship and editing, convinced me to take on this important but enormous project. As was Bob, I am grateful to SHAFR for its support for the update of this magnificent work. It is magnificent because SHAFR places it in such high esteem. Particular thanks goes to Randall Woods, past president of SHAFR, who backed a proposal to provide thank-you gifts to each contributing editor, and Peter Hahn for facilitating all aspects of the administration of the SHAFR Guide. My gratitude goes out to SHAFR for its financial support to me since I assumed the editor position in 2004. But it is also the membership of SHAFR, from which many of the contributing chapter editors are drawn, who make the oftentimes tedious and sometimes stressful work of editing worthwhile. The contributing editors deserve all the praise for their diligence, acuity, and patience. Each chapter has been revised in some way—either expanded and, in some instances, completely overhauled. Much thought, time, and energy went into the revisions for the work that now has updated the SHAFR Guide from the year the second edition left off, 2001, through 2005 or 2006, depending on the chapter. I know how much work went into the selfless effort to update each chapter, and I thank the editors for their sacrifice. The results are the fruits of their great labors, and they deserve all the praise that some of them received working under the Beisner edition and, I hope, they will get in this first of many updates. I wish also to thank the University of Colorado at Boulder, and particularly Associate Dean of Humanities Graham Oddie and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Todd Gleeson, who provided me with office and financial support. Finally, thanks are in order to the wonderful staff of ABC CLIO. Ron Boehm has been an unflagging backer of the SHAFR Guide for years, and his enthusiasm, knowledge, and ideas have sustained the excellence of the project. Don Schmidt, manager of book production out of the ABC CLIO Broomfield, Colorado office, proved to be a reliable source of information, as well as continually cheery even when receiving hundreds of new entries from me. It has also been a pleasure to work with Paula Gerard in Broomfield and Ron’s technical staff in Santa Barbara.


  1. The annotation for 17:1014 (chapter 17, item 104) should read as follows:

    In a highly publicized work, Beard finds the president vitiating democracy and violating his own pledges when he "maneuvered" the nation into the conflict. For a spirited defense of Beard, see Howard K. Beale, "The Professional Historian: His Theory and His Practice," Pacific Historical Review 22 (August 1953): 227-55.