Draining the Swamp: The British Strategy of Population Control

  title={Draining the Swamp: The British Strategy of Population Control},
  author={Wade Markel},
  journal={The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters},
  • W. Markel
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Political Science
  • The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters
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