This work has benefited from the help, encouragement, and advice of many people over a period of more than five years. Their count is too great to be exhausted here, and I apologize for those omitted from here. Kalle Michelsen helped me to secure a Fulbright Fellowship that enabled me to begin graduate studies at the Georgia Tech in 2000. His encouragement and example have prompted me to develop my understanding of history and technology, and his continued support and friendship have been important. Steve Usselman and Gus Giebelhaus offered me a great opportunity to participate in their research project on the historical evolution of the North American pulp and paper industry. I remain indebted for them for advice, help, financial support, and friendship. Steve was a good advisor. He helped me when writing and studying was difficult, and demonstrated with his own example how to think harder. The other members of my dissertation committee, Gus Giebelhaus, John Krige, Bill Winders, and Stuart Graham, clarified my own thinking and provided guidance for future writing. I thank Ken Knoespel and Steve Vallas for advice and encouragement, too. When I presented my very first idea
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