The meaning of light : seeing and being on the battlefield. / Thornton, Philippa.

In: Cultural Geographies, Vol. 22, No. 4, 01.10.2015, p. 567-583.

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The meaning of light : seeing and being on the battlefield. / Thornton, Philippa.

In: Cultural Geographies, Vol. 22, No. 4, 01.10.2015, p. 567-583.

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