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'Spurs to industry' in Bernard Mandeville’s fable of the bees. / Dew, Benjamin.

In: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2008, p. 151-165.

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Dew, B 2008, ''Spurs to industry' in Bernard Mandeville’s fable of the bees', Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 151-165. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1754-0208.2005.tb00293.x

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Dew, Benjamin. / 'Spurs to industry' in Bernard Mandeville’s fable of the bees. In: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. 2008 ; Vol. 28, No. 2. pp. 151-165.

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