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Cold Steel, Weak Flesh: Mechanism, Masculinity and the Anxieties of Late Victorian Empire

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Cold Steel, Weak Flesh : Mechanism, Masculinity and the Anxieties of Late Victorian Empire. / Brown, Michael.

In: CULTURAL & SOCIAL HISTORY, Vol. 14, No. 2, 30.04.2017, p. 155-181.

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Brown M. Cold Steel, Weak Flesh: Mechanism, Masculinity and the Anxieties of Late Victorian Empire. CULTURAL & SOCIAL HISTORY. 2017 Apr 30;14(2):155-181. Epub 2017 Jan 13. doi: 10.1080/14780038.2016.1269538

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Brown, Michael. / Cold Steel, Weak Flesh : Mechanism, Masculinity and the Anxieties of Late Victorian Empire. In: CULTURAL & SOCIAL HISTORY. 2017 ; Vol. 14, No. 2. pp. 155-181.

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