Concepts of Leadership in Early Portraits of American Revolutionaries

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BARGET, Monika, 2021. Concepts of Leadership in Early Portraits of American Revolutionaries. In: GRIESSE, Malte, ed., Monika BARGET, ed., David DE BOER, ed.. Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery. Leiden:Brill, pp. 263-288. ISBN 978-90-04-46193-2. Available under: doi: 10.1163/9789004461949_013

@incollection{Barget2021Conce-34935, title={Concepts of Leadership in Early Portraits of American Revolutionaries}, year={2021}, doi={10.1163/9789004461949_013}, number={54}, isbn={978-90-04-46193-2}, address={Leiden}, publisher={Brill}, series={Brill's Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History}, booktitle={Revolts and Political Violence in Early Modern Imagery}, pages={263--288}, editor={Griesse, Malte and Barget, Monika and de Boer, David}, author={Barget, Monika} }

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