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An Experiment in Conservative Modernity : Interwar Conservatism and Henry Ford's English Farms. / Kowol, Kit.

In: JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES, Vol. 55, No. 4, 10.2016, p. 781-805.

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Kowol, K 2016, 'An Experiment in Conservative Modernity: Interwar Conservatism and Henry Ford's English Farms', JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 781-805. https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2016.69

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Kowol, K. (2016). An Experiment in Conservative Modernity: Interwar Conservatism and Henry Ford's English Farms. JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES, 55(4), 781-805. https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2016.69

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Kowol K. An Experiment in Conservative Modernity: Interwar Conservatism and Henry Ford's English Farms. JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES. 2016 Oct;55(4):781-805. https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2016.69

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Kowol, Kit. / An Experiment in Conservative Modernity : Interwar Conservatism and Henry Ford's English Farms. In: JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES. 2016 ; Vol. 55, No. 4. pp. 781-805.

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