Rousseau and Imagined Communities

@article{Engel2005RousseauAI,
  title={Rousseau and Imagined Communities},
  author={Steven T. Engel},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  year={2005},
  volume={67},
  pages={515 - 537}
}
  • S. Engel
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Psychology, Philosophy, Art
  • The Review of Politics
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