From Genocide to Ecocide: The Rape of Rapa Nui

@article{Peiser2005FromGT,
  title={From Genocide to Ecocide: The Rape of Rapa Nui},
  author={Benny J. Peiser},
  journal={Energy \& Environment},
  year={2005},
  volume={16},
  pages={513 - 539}
}
  • B. Peiser
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Political Science
  • Energy & Environment
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