Whose Steeple is Higher? Religious Competition in Siberia1

@article{Balzer2005WhoseSI,
  title={Whose Steeple is Higher? Religious Competition in Siberia1},
  author={M. Balzer},
  journal={Religion, State \& Society},
  year={2005},
  volume={33},
  pages={57 - 69}
}
  • M. Balzer
  • Published 2005
  • History
  • Religion, State & Society
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