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Africa and the Price Revolution: Currency Imports and Socioeconomic Change in West and West-Central Africa During the 17th Century. / Green, Toby.

In: JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY, Vol. 57, No. 1, 31.03.2016, p. 1-24.

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Green, T 2016, 'Africa and the Price Revolution: Currency Imports and Socioeconomic Change in West and West-Central Africa During the 17th Century', JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853715000754

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Green, T. (2016). Africa and the Price Revolution: Currency Imports and Socioeconomic Change in West and West-Central Africa During the 17th Century. JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY, 57(1), 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853715000754

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Green T. Africa and the Price Revolution: Currency Imports and Socioeconomic Change in West and West-Central Africa During the 17th Century. JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY. 2016 Mar 31;57(1):1-24. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853715000754

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Green, Toby. / Africa and the Price Revolution: Currency Imports and Socioeconomic Change in West and West-Central Africa During the 17th Century. In: JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY. 2016 ; Vol. 57, No. 1. pp. 1-24.

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