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‘But in Asia we too are Europeans’ : Russia’s multifaceted engagement with the standard of civilisation. / Kaczmarska, Katarzyna Barbara.

In: International Relations, Vol. 30, No. 4, 01.12.2016, p. 432-455.

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Kaczmarska, Katarzyna Barbara. / ‘But in Asia we too are Europeans’ : Russia’s multifaceted engagement with the standard of civilisation. In: International Relations. 2016 ; Vol. 30, No. 4. pp. 432-455.

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