‘The Habitual Nobility of Being’: British Officers and the Social Construction of the Bengal Army in the Early Nineteenth Century

  title={‘The Habitual Nobility of Being’: British Officers and the Social Construction of the Bengal Army in the Early Nineteenth Century},
  author={Douglas M. Peers},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={545 - 569}
  • D. Peers
  • Published 1 July 1991
  • History
  • Modern Asian Studies
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