Food in Wartime Britain: Testimonies from the Kitchen Front (1939–1945), 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Food in Wartime Britain

Testimonies from the Kitchen Front (1939–1945), 1st Edition

By Natacha Chevalier


184 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-04-27
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Based on deep analysis of Mass Observation wartime diaries, Food in Wartime Britain explores the food experience of the British middle-classes from their own words throughout the course of the Second World War. It reveals that while the food practices of the population were modified by rationing and food scarcity, social class and personal circumstances were a key dimension of the wartime food experience that demand to be taken into account in the historical narrative of the Home Front.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Sources and Methodology; Part I: The British and their Food;1. British Eating Habits: A Short History; 2. Food and Social Classes; 3. Food Management in Wartime; Part II: Testimonies from the Kitchen Front;4. The Diarists and their Diaries; 5. The Kitchen Front; Epilogue and Conclusion

About the Author

Natacha Chevalier is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Second World War History

The Second World War remains today the most seismic political event of the past hundred years, an unimaginable unpheaval that impacted upon every country on earth and is fully ingrained in the consciousness of the world's citizens. Traditional narratives of the conflict are entrenched to such a degree that new research takes on an ever important role in helping us make sense of World War II. Aiming to bring to light the results of new archival research and exploring notions of memory, propaganda, genocide, empire and culture, Routledge Studies in Second World War History sheds new light on the causes, events and legacy of global war.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / World War II