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A War of Position? The Thatcher Government's Preparation for the 1984 Miners' Strike

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A War of Position? The Thatcher Government's Preparation for the 1984 Miners' Strike. / Vinen, Richard.

In: The English Historical Review, Vol. 134, No. 566, 02.2019, p. 121–150.

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Vinen, R 2019, 'A War of Position? The Thatcher Government's Preparation for the 1984 Miners' Strike', The English Historical Review, vol. 134, no. 566, pp. 121–150. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cez001

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Vinen, R. (2019). A War of Position? The Thatcher Government's Preparation for the 1984 Miners' Strike. The English Historical Review, 134(566), 121–150. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cez001

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Vinen R. A War of Position? The Thatcher Government's Preparation for the 1984 Miners' Strike. The English Historical Review. 2019 Feb;134(566):121–150. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cez001

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Vinen, Richard. / A War of Position? The Thatcher Government's Preparation for the 1984 Miners' Strike. In: The English Historical Review. 2019 ; Vol. 134, No. 566. pp. 121–150.

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