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An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble? The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1835-1885

Frankema, E., Williamson, J. & Woltjer, P., 31-Mar-2018, In : Journal of Economic History. 78, 1, p. 231-267 37 p.

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Frankema, E., Williamson, J., & Woltjer, P. (2018). An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble? The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1835-1885. Journal of Economic History, 78(1), 231-267. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050718000128

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Frankema, Ewout ; Williamson, Jeffrey ; Woltjer, Pieter. / An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble? The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1835-1885. In: Journal of Economic History. 2018 ; Vol. 78, No. 1. pp. 231-267.

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Frankema, E, Williamson, J & Woltjer, P 2018, 'An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble? The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1835-1885', Journal of Economic History, vol. 78, no. 1, pp. 231-267. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050718000128

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An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble? The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1835-1885. / Frankema, Ewout; Williamson, Jeffrey; Woltjer, Pieter.

In: Journal of Economic History, Vol. 78, No. 1, 31.03.2018, p. 231-267.

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Frankema E, Williamson J, Woltjer P. An Economic Rationale for the West African Scramble? The Commercial Transition and the Commodity Price Boom of 1835-1885. Journal of Economic History. 2018 Mar 31;78(1):231-267. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050718000128


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