Textbook difference: Spatial history and national education in Panchayat and present-day Nepal

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Textbook difference : Spatial history and national education in Panchayat and present-day Nepal. / Bennike, Rune Bolding.

In: Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 52, No. 1, 03.2015, p. 53-78.

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Bennike, RB 2015, 'Textbook difference: Spatial history and national education in Panchayat and present-day Nepal', Indian Economic and Social History Review, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 53-78. https://doi.org/10.1177/0019464614561620

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Bennike, R. B. (2015). Textbook difference: Spatial history and national education in Panchayat and present-day Nepal. Indian Economic and Social History Review, 52(1), 53-78. https://doi.org/10.1177/0019464614561620

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Bennike RB. Textbook difference: Spatial history and national education in Panchayat and present-day Nepal. Indian Economic and Social History Review. 2015 Mar;52(1):53-78. https://doi.org/10.1177/0019464614561620

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Bennike, Rune Bolding. / Textbook difference : Spatial history and national education in Panchayat and present-day Nepal. In: Indian Economic and Social History Review. 2015 ; Vol. 52, No. 1. pp. 53-78.

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