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American individualism and the promise of progress an inaugural lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 14 February 1980 by J. R. Pole

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Published by Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press in Oxford, New York .
Written in English



  • United States,
  • United States.


  • Political science -- United States -- History.,
  • Individualism -- United States.,
  • United States -- Politics and government.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Statementby J. R. Pole.
LC ClassificationsJA84.U5 P59 1980
The Physical Object
Pagination33 p. ;
Number of Pages33
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4116027M
ISBN 100199515263
LC Control Number80041022

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