Crime, Liberalism and Empire: Governing the Mina Tribe of Northern India

  title={Crime, Liberalism and Empire: Governing the Mina Tribe of Northern India},
  author={Mark Brown},
  journal={Social \& Legal Studies},
  pages={191 - 218}
  • Mark Brown
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • History
  • Social & Legal Studies
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