The Six Great Societies. / Hackett, Ursula.

In: Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 2, 13.05.2016, p. 284-305.

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The Six Great Societies. / Hackett, Ursula.

In: Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 2, 13.05.2016, p. 284-305.

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Hackett, U. (2016). The Six Great Societies. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 46(2), 284-305. https://doi.org/10.1111/psq.12271

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Hackett U. The Six Great Societies. Presidential Studies Quarterly. 2016 May 13;46(2):284-305. https://doi.org/10.1111/psq.12271

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Hackett, Ursula. / The Six Great Societies. In: Presidential Studies Quarterly. 2016 ; Vol. 46, No. 2. pp. 284-305.

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