PEGIDA: Understanding the Emergence and Essence of Nativist Protest in Dresden

  title={PEGIDA: Understanding the Emergence and Essence of Nativist Protest in Dresden},
  author={Fabian Virchow},
  journal={Journal of Intercultural Studies},
  pages={541 - 555}
  • Fabian Virchow
  • Published 28 October 2016
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Intercultural Studies
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