The Formation of the Concept of Nation-State in Nepal

  title={The Formation of the Concept of Nation-State in Nepal},
  author={Richard Burghart},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={101 - 125}
  • Richard Burghart
  • Published 1 November 1984
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
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