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1st Edition

Food and War in Twentieth Century Europe

ISBN 9781138261037
Published November 23, 2016 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

Wars cannot be fought and sustained without food and this unique collection explores the impact of war on food production, allocation and consumption in Europe in the twentieth century. A comparative perspective which incorporates belligerent, occupied and neutral countries provides new insights into the relationship between food and war. The analysis ranges from military provisioning and systems of food rationing to civilians' survival strategies and the role of war in stimulating innovation and modernization.



Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA, Rachel Duffett, University of Essex, UK & Alain Drouard, Sorbonne, Paris, France and President of ICREFH


'Stretching from Reykjavik to Leningrad and from Berlin to Madrid, this collection gives us for the first time a genuine trans-European picture of what food and hunger meant for soldiers and civilians in the era of the two world wars. Fascinating.' Frank Trentmann, Birkbeck College, UK, author of Free Trade Nation and (with Fleming Just) Food and Conflict. 'A menu of chapters to stimulate for all varieties of historical taste bud, from the economic, social and political, to the scientific, medical and cultural. The geographical scope is also impressive, as is the balance between the civilian and military dimensions, the major twentieth-century wars, and immediate and longer term consequences. A must-have volume for anyone interested in food history, or war, which should prove a source of inspiration for students, teachers, and researchers.' David Smith, University of Aberdeen, UK '... this book, edited by Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Duffett and Drouard, will be of much interest not only for specialists in the history of nutrition and military history, but also for those interested in the social, economic and cultural aspects of recent European social evolution. Additionally, thanks to their elaborate introduction and conclusions, Zweiniger-Bargielowska and Duffett help the reader to place each paper into a wider context that reaches beyond their specific case study.' European Review of Agricultural Economics '... Food and War in Twentieth Century Europe is a fine collection of explorations into a historically rich topic that informs on the wartime development of food policies, the emergence of investigative techniques designed to measure nutritional well-being, the impact of war on national and religious eating customs, wartime innovations in food production techniques, and the legacy of shifting consumption and production practices that endured long after the conflicts under analysis ended.' Canadian Bulletin of Medical History