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War Museums as Agonistic Spaces: Possibilities, Opportunities and Constraints

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War Museums as Agonistic Spaces: Possibilities, Opportunities and Constraints. / Cento Bull, Anna; Hansen, Hans Lauge; Kansteiner, Wulf et al.

In: International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 25, No. 6, 2019, p. 611-625.

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Cento Bull, A, Hansen, HL, Kansteiner, W & Parish, N 2019, 'War Museums as Agonistic Spaces: Possibilities, Opportunities and Constraints', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 611-625. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2018.1530288

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Cento Bull, Anna et al. "War Museums as Agonistic Spaces: Possibilities, Opportunities and Constraints". International Journal of Heritage Studies. 2019, 25(6). 611-625. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2018.1530288

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Cento Bull A, Hansen HL, Kansteiner W, Parish N. War Museums as Agonistic Spaces: Possibilities, Opportunities and Constraints. International Journal of Heritage Studies. 2019;25(6):611-625. doi: 10.1080/13527258.2018.1530288

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Cento Bull, Anna ; Hansen, Hans Lauge ; Kansteiner, Wulf et al. / War Museums as Agonistic Spaces: Possibilities, Opportunities and Constraints. In: International Journal of Heritage Studies. 2019 ; Vol. 25, No. 6. pp. 611-625.

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