State Socialist Bodies: East German Nudism from Ban to Boom*

  title={State Socialist Bodies: East German Nudism from Ban to Boom*},
  author={Josie McLellan},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={48 - 79}
  • J. McLellan
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • History
  • The Journal of Modern History
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