Inaccurate Conceptions: Disputed Measures of Nutritional Needs and Famine Deaths in Colonial India

  title={Inaccurate Conceptions: Disputed Measures of Nutritional Needs and Famine Deaths in Colonial India},
  author={David Hall-Matthews},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={1189 - 1212}
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