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Urban elites, socialists and notions of citizenship in an industrial boom town: Coventry c. 1870-1914. / Beaven, Brad; Griffiths, J.

In: Labour History Review, Vol. 69, No. 1, 2004, p. 3-18.

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Beaven, B & Griffiths, J 2004, 'Urban elites, socialists and notions of citizenship in an industrial boom town: Coventry c. 1870-1914', Labour History Review, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 3-18.

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Beaven, Brad ; Griffiths, J. / Urban elites, socialists and notions of citizenship in an industrial boom town: Coventry c. 1870-1914. In: Labour History Review. 2004 ; Vol. 69, No. 1. pp. 3-18.

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