'A Considerable Effect'Winston Churchill and Wilfrid S. Blunt's Legacy

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'A Considerable Effect' : Winston Churchill and Wilfrid S. Blunt's Legacy. / Dockter, Warren.

Britain in the Islamic World. ed. / Justin Quinn Olmstead. Springer Nature, 2019. (Britain and the World).

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Dockter, W 2019, 'A Considerable Effect': Winston Churchill and Wilfrid S. Blunt's Legacy. in JQ Olmstead (ed.), Britain in the Islamic World. Britain and the World, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24509-2

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Dockter, W. (2019). 'A Considerable Effect': Winston Churchill and Wilfrid S. Blunt's Legacy. In J. Q. Olmstead (Ed.), Britain in the Islamic World (Britain and the World). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24509-2

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Dockter W. 'A Considerable Effect': Winston Churchill and Wilfrid S. Blunt's Legacy. In Olmstead JQ, editor, Britain in the Islamic World. Springer Nature. 2019. (Britain and the World). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24509-2

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