Ibn Khaldun’s conception of dynastic cycles and contemporary theories of international system change: a comparative assessment /

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Citation Formats
M. Yücekaya, “Ibn Khaldun’s conception of dynastic cycles and contemporary theories of international system change: a comparative assessment /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.