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Article Contents
1 Introduction
2 Recent modifications of the "standard scenario'' of CV formation and evolution
3 Angular momentum loss
4 PCEBs: The present
5 PCEBs: The past
6 PCEBs: The future
7 Distance estimates
8 Space densities
9 Observational selection effects
10 Conclusion
Appendix A: The discovery history of our PCEB sample (Table 1)

List of tables
List of figures

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