How the West Was Lost

  title={How the West Was Lost},
  author={Peter A. Rowley-Conwy},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={S83 - S113}
  • P. Rowley-Conwy
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • Political Science
  • Current Anthropology
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