Genetizing Bantu: Historical Insight or Historical Trilemma?

  title={Genetizing Bantu: Historical Insight or Historical Trilemma?},
  author={Manfred K. H. Eggert},
  journal={Medieval Worlds},
  • M. Eggert
  • Published 1 December 2016
  • History
  • Medieval Worlds
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