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The Despotic Imperative: From Hiero to The Circle

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The Despotic Imperative : From Hiero to The Circle. / Diken, Bulent.

In: Cultural Politics, Vol. 15, No. 2, 01.07.2019, p. 184-201.

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Diken, Bulent. / The Despotic Imperative : From Hiero to The Circle. In: Cultural Politics. 2019 ; Vol. 15, No. 2. pp. 184-201.

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