Narratives of Redemption : The International Meaning of Afforestation in the Israeli Negev. / Galai, Yoav.

In: International Political Sociology, Vol. 11, No. 3, 09.2017, p. 273-291.

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In: International Political Sociology, Vol. 11, No. 3, 09.2017, p. 273-291.

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