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Under the mountain: basic training, individuality, & comradeship

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Under the mountain : basic training, individuality, & comradeship. / Clark, Samuel.

In: Res Publica, Vol. 19, No. 1, 02.2013, p. 67-79.

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Clark, Samuel. / Under the mountain : basic training, individuality, & comradeship. In: Res Publica. 2013 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 67-79.

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