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Populism, Hindu Nationalism, and Foreign Policy in India : The Politics of Representing “the People”. / Wojczewski, Thorsten Alexander.

In: International Studies Review, 29.01.2019.

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Wojczewski, TA 2019, 'Populism, Hindu Nationalism, and Foreign Policy in India: The Politics of Representing “the People”', International Studies Review. https://doi.org/10.1093/isr/viz007

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Wojczewski, T. A. (2019). Populism, Hindu Nationalism, and Foreign Policy in India: The Politics of Representing “the People”. International Studies Review. https://doi.org/10.1093/isr/viz007

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Wojczewski TA. Populism, Hindu Nationalism, and Foreign Policy in India: The Politics of Representing “the People”. International Studies Review. 2019 Jan 29. https://doi.org/10.1093/isr/viz007

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Wojczewski, Thorsten Alexander. / Populism, Hindu Nationalism, and Foreign Policy in India : The Politics of Representing “the People”. In: International Studies Review. 2019.

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