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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 42

Wind Against the Mountain

The Crisis of Politics and Culture in Thirteenth-Century China

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$44.95 • £39.95 • €40.95

ISBN 9780674953574

Publication Date: 11/30/1996

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