Imagining Architecture: The Structure of Nationalism in Accra, Ghana

@article{Hess2000ImaginingAT,
  title={Imagining Architecture: The Structure of Nationalism in Accra, Ghana},
  author={Janet Berry Hess},
  journal={Africa Today},
  year={2000},
  volume={47},
  pages={35 - 58}
}
  • J. Hess
  • Published 1 May 2000
  • History
  • Africa Today
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