Constantin Ardeleanu
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This book is the result of my involvement in the ERC-funded project ‘Securing Europe, Fighting Its Enemies. The Making of a Security Culture in Europe and Beyond, 1815–1914’, led by Professor Beatrice de Graaf as Principal Investigator and hosted by Utrecht University (2014–2019). The project has allowed me to be part of an international team of scholars working to historicise security and to compare several security regimes in which Europe engaged globally in the long nineteenth century. I am greatly indebted to all my teammates, the first readers, assiduous critics and useful commentators of my draft chapters: Beatrice de Graaf, Ozan Ozavci, Joep Schenk, Susanne Keesman, Wouter Klem, Erik de Lange, Melle Lyklema and Jossie van Til-Duijsters. They all have been ideal colleagues, extremely generous with their time, constructively critical and encouraging of new perspectives.

My warmest appreciation goes to my colleagues and students from the University of the ‘Lower Danube’ in Galați, Romania, where I have been teaching for many years. Students have witnessed my clumsy attempts to make use of this research topic for didactical reasons. Professor Ion Cordoneanu, as Dean of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, and Professor Arthur Tuluș, as Director of the Department of History, deserve my gratitude for allowing me to spend most of my time in archives and libraries. Dr Adrian Pohrib, the Director of the Galați Branch of the National Archives of Romania, and Mrs Aida Dima, custodian of its reading room, helped me navigate through the rich archives of the European Commission of the Danube.

My special thanks go to my colleagues at the New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Study (NEC) in Bucharest. Professor Valentina Sandu-Dediu and Professor Anca Oroveanu in NEC’s academic department allowed me to present different chapters in front of the NEC fellows, who encouraged me to think and rethink my sources, approach and narrative. The entire NEC staff supported me in various ways for which I am deeply grateful.

Advice given by the three anonymous readers appointed by the publishing house has been immensely helpful in streamlining the main argument and improving the scholarship and readability of this book. My gratitude goes equally to the editors of this series, Professor Zoran Milutinović and Professor Alex Drace-Francis, as well as to Elizabeth Ramsey for her support in editing and proofreading the manuscript.

Finally, I would like to thank my family for allowing me to take the time to finish this volume at a very busy period in family life, when baby David George was born.

I dedicate the book to Oana and David George.

October 2019

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