It is with great sadness that I report that one of the contributors to this volume, Marc Steinberg, died of pancreatic cancer before this volume was published. His essay that appears here, “Coercion in the Cradle,” was the last thing he wrote before he passed.

Marc Steinberg was a distinguished and incredibly creative historical sociologist at Smith College. He was a student of Charles Tilly at the University of Michigan. His early work was at Clark College. In his career, he received no fewer than four prizes from the American Sociological Association for his work. Most remarkably, these prizes came from three different sections of the ASA: Culture, Economic, and Comparative-Historical. His final essay was published in Development. It is unusual for a sociologist to achieve distinction in this many subspecialties, especially specialties as different as Culture and Economic. This speaks to the range and power of his work.


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