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Imperial Pasts in the EU’s Approach to the Mediterranean. / Pace, Michelle; Roccu, Roberto.

In: Interventions, Vol. 22, No. 6, 17.08.2020, p. 671-685.

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Pace, M & Roccu, R 2020, 'Imperial Pasts in the EU’s Approach to the Mediterranean', Interventions, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 671-685. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2020.1749702

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Pace, M., & Roccu, R. (2020). Imperial Pasts in the EU’s Approach to the Mediterranean. Interventions, 22(6), 671-685. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2020.1749702

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Pace M, Roccu R. Imperial Pasts in the EU’s Approach to the Mediterranean. Interventions. 2020 Aug 17;22(6):671-685. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2020.1749702

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Pace, Michelle ; Roccu, Roberto. / Imperial Pasts in the EU’s Approach to the Mediterranean. In: Interventions. 2020 ; Vol. 22, No. 6. pp. 671-685.

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