Mothers in the Motherland: Stalinist Pronatalism in Its Pan-European Context

  title={Mothers in the Motherland: Stalinist Pronatalism in Its Pan-European Context},
  author={David L. Hoffmann},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={35 - 54}
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