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How (Not) to Use the History of Political Thought for Contemporary Purposes

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How (Not) to Use the History of Political Thought for Contemporary Purposes. / Blau, Adrian.

In: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, 18.06.2020.

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Blau, A 2020, 'How (Not) to Use the History of Political Thought for Contemporary Purposes', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12545

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Blau, A. (2020). How (Not) to Use the History of Political Thought for Contemporary Purposes. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12545

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Blau A. How (Not) to Use the History of Political Thought for Contemporary Purposes. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. 2020 Jun 18. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12545

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Blau, Adrian. / How (Not) to Use the History of Political Thought for Contemporary Purposes. In: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. 2020.

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