Mrs Thatcher's vision of the 'new Britain' and the other sides of the 'Cambridge Phenomenon'. / Crang, Philip; Martin, Ron.

In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1991, p. 91-116.

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Mrs Thatcher's vision of the 'new Britain' and the other sides of the 'Cambridge Phenomenon'. / Crang, Philip; Martin, Ron.

In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1991, p. 91-116.

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Crang, P & Martin, R 1991, 'Mrs Thatcher's vision of the 'new Britain' and the other sides of the 'Cambridge Phenomenon'', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 91-116. https://doi.org/10.1068/d090091

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Crang, Philip ; Martin, Ron. / Mrs Thatcher's vision of the 'new Britain' and the other sides of the 'Cambridge Phenomenon'. In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 1991 ; Vol. 9, No. 1. pp. 91-116.

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