Violence and nationalist mobilization: the onset of the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey

  title={Violence and nationalist mobilization: the onset of the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey},
  author={G{\"u}neş Murat Tezc{\"u}r},
  journal={Nationalities Papers},
  pages={248 - 266}
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