The City and the Nation: Sofia’s Trajectory from Glory to Rubble in WWII

  title={The City and the Nation: Sofia’s Trajectory from Glory to Rubble in WWII},
  author={Irina Gigova},
  journal={Journal of Urban History},
  pages={155 - 175}
  • Irina Gigova
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • History
  • Journal of Urban History
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