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Repossession: Notes on Restoration and Redemption in Ukrainian-Polish Borderlands

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Repossession: Notes on Restoration and Redemption in Ukrainian-Polish Borderlands. / Follis, Karolina.

In: Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 23, No. 2, 12.05.2008, p. 329-360.

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Follis, Karolina. / Repossession: Notes on Restoration and Redemption in Ukrainian-Polish Borderlands. In: Cultural Anthropology. 2008 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 329-360.

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