Inventing ‘Paganists’: a Close Reading of Richard Steigmann-Gall's the Holy Reich

@article{Hexham2007InventingA,
  title={Inventing ‘Paganists’: a Close Reading of Richard Steigmann-Gall's the Holy Reich},
  author={Irving Hexham},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  year={2007},
  volume={42},
  pages={59 - 78}
}
  • I. Hexham
  • Published 1 January 2007
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
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