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The end of the end of nature: the Anthropocene and the fate of the human

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The end of the end of nature : the Anthropocene and the fate of the human. / Szerszynski, Bronislaw.

In: Oxford Literary Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, 12.2012, p. 165-184.

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Szerszynski B. The end of the end of nature: the Anthropocene and the fate of the human. Oxford Literary Review. 2012 Dec;34(2):165-184. Available from, DOI: 10.3366/olr.2012.0040

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Szerszynski, Bronislaw / The end of the end of nature : the Anthropocene and the fate of the human.

In: Oxford Literary Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, 12.2012, p. 165-184.

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