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Footnotes should include the following information: author name; title of work; (for a book) place of publication, publisher, date and page reference; (for an article) journal title, issue number, year and page reference. Please avoid ibid., loc. cit. and use short titles to refer to works already cited: e.g. Henry Kissinger, A world restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the problems of peace, becomes Kissinger, A world restored. Footnotes should be presented as follows:
Robert Service, Russia: experiment with a people (London: Pan Macmillan, 2002), p. 103.
Subsequent mentions: Service, Russia, p. 420.
Stanley Hoffman, 'US-European relations: past and future', International Affairs 79:5, October 2003, pp. 1029-1044.
Subsequent mentions: Hoffman, 'US-European relations', p. 1035.
Articles in books:
Laurence D. Weiler, 'No first use: a history', in David N. Schwarz, ed., NATO's nuclear dilemmas (Washington DC: Brookings, 1983).
Subsequent mentions: Weiler, 'No first use'.
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