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Melanchthon's rhetoric and the practical origins of Reformation human science
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Melanchthon's rhetoric and the practical origins of Reformation human science

Author: Daniel M Gross
Publisher: Sage Publications
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:History of the Human Sciences, 13, no. 3 (2000): 5-22
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel M Gross
ISSN:0952-6951
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 438624741
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