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The Revolutionary City : Socialist Urbanisation and Nuclear Modernity in Cienfuegos, Cuba. / Cederlof, Gustav.

In: Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 52, No. 1, 02.2020, p. 53-76.

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Cederlof, G 2020, 'The Revolutionary City: Socialist Urbanisation and Nuclear Modernity in Cienfuegos, Cuba', Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 53-76. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X19000920

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Cederlof, G. (2020). The Revolutionary City: Socialist Urbanisation and Nuclear Modernity in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Journal of Latin American Studies, 52(1), 53-76. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X19000920

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Cederlof G. The Revolutionary City: Socialist Urbanisation and Nuclear Modernity in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Journal of Latin American Studies. 2020 Feb;52(1):53-76. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X19000920

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Cederlof, Gustav. / The Revolutionary City : Socialist Urbanisation and Nuclear Modernity in Cienfuegos, Cuba. In: Journal of Latin American Studies. 2020 ; Vol. 52, No. 1. pp. 53-76.

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