Something a Bit Peculiar? Sex, the Germans and the History of Sexuality

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Something a Bit Peculiar? Sex, the Germans and the History of Sexuality. / Harris, Victoria.

In: Contemporary European History, Vol. 23, No. 02, 01.05.2014, p. 283-293.

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