Gold Coast (2015) and Danish economies of colonial guilt

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Gold Coast (2015) and Danish economies of colonial guilt. / Körber, Lill-Ann.

In: Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2018, p. 24-36.

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Körber, Lill-Ann. / Gold Coast (2015) and Danish economies of colonial guilt. In: Journal of Aesthetics & Culture. 2018 ; Vol. 10, No. 1. pp. 24-36.

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