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Published by Basil Blackwell in Oxford .
Written in English


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Edition Notes

Statementedited by Jean Bethke Elshtain.
SeriesReadings in social and political theory
ContributionsElshtain, Jean Bethke, 1941-
LC ClassificationsU21.2
The Physical Object
Paginationviii,336p. ;
Number of Pages336
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL15098273M
ISBN 100631172777, 0631172785

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