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Reformative rhetoric and the exercise of corporal power : Alexander Maconochie’s regime at Birmingham Prison, 1849-1851. / Moore, John Michael.

In: Historical Research, Vol. 89, No. 245, 7, 09.01.2016, p. 510-530.

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