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The Political Consecration of Community in Mauritius, 1948-1968. / Sutton, D. R.

In: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 35, No. 2, 01.06.2007, p. 239-262.

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Sutton, DR 2007, 'The Political Consecration of Community in Mauritius, 1948-1968.', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 239-262. https://doi.org/10.1080/03086530701337609

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Sutton, D. R. / The Political Consecration of Community in Mauritius, 1948-1968. In: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 2007 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 239-262.

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