Fluvial Landscape and the State: Property and the Gangetic Diaras in Colonial India, 1790s-1890s

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Fluvial Landscape and the State : Property and the Gangetic Diaras in Colonial India, 1790s-1890s. / Sinha, Nitin.

In: Environment and History, Vol. 20, No. 2, 05.2014, p. 209-237.

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Sinha, N 2014, 'Fluvial Landscape and the State: Property and the Gangetic Diaras in Colonial India, 1790s-1890s', Environment and History, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 209-237. https://doi.org/10.3197/096734014X13941952680990

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Sinha, N. (2014). Fluvial Landscape and the State: Property and the Gangetic Diaras in Colonial India, 1790s-1890s. Environment and History, 20(2), 209-237. https://doi.org/10.3197/096734014X13941952680990

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Sinha N. Fluvial Landscape and the State: Property and the Gangetic Diaras in Colonial India, 1790s-1890s. Environment and History. 2014 May;20(2):209-237. https://doi.org/10.3197/096734014X13941952680990

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Sinha, Nitin. / Fluvial Landscape and the State : Property and the Gangetic Diaras in Colonial India, 1790s-1890s. In: Environment and History. 2014 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 209-237.

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