Food for War: Agriculture and Rearmament in Britain before the Second World War

Hardcover | September 1, 2001

byAlan F. Wilt

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Food for War is a ground-breaking study of Britain's food and agricultural preparations in the 1930s as the nation once again made ready for war. Historians writing about 1930s Britain have usually focused on the Depression, appeasement, or political, military, and industrial concerns. Nonehave dealt adequately with another significant topic, food and agriculture, as the nation moved, albeit reluctantly, from peace to war. In this new account Alan F. Wilt makes right this omission by examining in depth the relationship between food, agriculture, and the nation's preparations for war.He reveals how food and agriculture became closely linked to rearmament as early as 1936; that the government's preparations in this sector, as contrasted with other areas of the economy, were relatively well-developed when war broke out in 1936; and that rural and farm interests well understood theeffect that war would have on their way of life. He argues that food and agriculture need to be integrated into the more general historical discourse, for what happened in Britain in the 1930s not only set the stage for World War II, but also contributed to a more robust agriculture in the decadesthat followed.

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Food for War is a ground-breaking study of Britain's food and agricultural preparations in the 1930s as the nation once again made ready for war. Historians writing about 1930s Britain have usually focused on the Depression, appeasement, or political, military, and industrial concerns. Nonehave dealt adequately with another significa...

Alan F. Wilt is a Professor Emeritus of History, Iowa State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198208715

ISBN - 13:9780198208716

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Background, 1914-363. The Pace Quickens, 1936-84. From Crisis to War, 1938-95. Influence of the Agricultural Lobbies6. Awareness in the Countryside7. Food in Wartime, 1939-408. Epilogue and ConclusionBibliography