Diplomacy As Theatre: Staging the Bandung Conference of 1955*

  title={Diplomacy As Theatre: Staging the Bandung Conference of 1955*},
  author={Naoko Shimazu},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={225 - 252}
  • N. Shimazu
  • Published 22 July 2013
  • Political Science
  • Modern Asian Studies
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