The Wonders of Conversion: Objectivity and Disenchantment in the Neuendettelsau Mission Encounter in New Guinea, 1886-1930

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The Wonders of Conversion : Objectivity and Disenchantment in the Neuendettelsau Mission Encounter in New Guinea, 1886-1930. / Midena, Daniel Richard.

Københavns Universitet, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, 2015. 263 p.

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Harvard

Midena, DR 2015, The Wonders of Conversion: Objectivity and Disenchantment in the Neuendettelsau Mission Encounter in New Guinea, 1886-1930. Københavns Universitet, Det Humanistiske Fakultet.

APA

Midena, D. R. (2015). The Wonders of Conversion: Objectivity and Disenchantment in the Neuendettelsau Mission Encounter in New Guinea, 1886-1930. Københavns Universitet, Det Humanistiske Fakultet.

Vancouver

Midena DR. The Wonders of Conversion: Objectivity and Disenchantment in the Neuendettelsau Mission Encounter in New Guinea, 1886-1930. Københavns Universitet, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, 2015. 263 p.

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Midena, Daniel Richard. / The Wonders of Conversion : Objectivity and Disenchantment in the Neuendettelsau Mission Encounter in New Guinea, 1886-1930. Københavns Universitet, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, 2015. 263 p.

Bibtex

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