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Marx, Romanticism and the Importance of Superstructure in Evaluating Progress

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Marx, Romanticism and the Importance of Superstructure in Evaluating Progress. / Johnson, Matthew Thomas.

In: International Critical Thought, Vol. 7, No. 2, 07.06.2017, p. 205-218.

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Johnson, Matthew Thomas. / Marx, Romanticism and the Importance of Superstructure in Evaluating Progress. In: International Critical Thought. 2017 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 205-218.

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