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Dismembered: Citizen Sacrifice in Rousseau's "The Levite of Ephraïm"

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Dismembered : Citizen Sacrifice in Rousseau's "The Levite of Ephraïm". / Bradley, Arthur Humphrey.

In: Review of Politics, Vol. 81, No. 2, 01.05.2019, p. 231-253.

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Bradley, Arthur Humphrey. / Dismembered : Citizen Sacrifice in Rousseau's "The Levite of Ephraïm". In: Review of Politics. 2019 ; Vol. 81, No. 2. pp. 231-253.

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