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Food and War

Questions to Consider While Reading

What role did food play in the First and Second World Wars?


Please read at least two chapters from this list.

Colligham, Lizzie, The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food, Penguin (London, 2011), Introduction.

Davis, Belinda, Home Fires Burning: Food, Politics, and Everyday Life in World War I Berlin, University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, 2000), Introduction.

Goldman, Wendy Z., and Donald Filtzer, 'Introduction: the Politics of Food and War', Hunger and War: Food Provisioning in the Soviet Union during World War II, eds. Wendy Z. Goldman and Donald Filtzer, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, 2015).

Pauer, Erich, ‘Neighbourhood Associations and Food Distribution in Japanese Cities in World War II’, Agriculture and Food Supply in the Second World War, eds., Bernd Martin and Alan Milward, Scripta Mercaturae Verlag (Ostfildern, 1985),

Reagin, Nancy, Sweeping the German Nation: Domesticity and National Identity in Germany, 1870-1945, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2007), chapters 4-5.

Saraiva, Tiago, Fascist Pigs: Technoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism (2016), chapters 3-4

To Learn More

Cowley, Mark J., and Sandra Trudgen Dawson, eds., Home Fronts : Britain and the Empire at war, 1939-45, Boydell & Brewer (2017).

De Zwarte, Ingrid, The Hunger Winter: Fighting Famine in the Occupied Netherlands, 1944-1945 (Cambridge, 2020)

Ferris, John, and Evan Mawdsley et al, eds, The Cambridge History of the Second World War (Cambridge, 2015).

Offer, Avner, The First World War: An Agrarian Interpretation (Oxford, 1989).

Trentmann, Frank and Flemming Just, eds., Food and Conflict in Europe in the Age of the Two World Wars, Palgrave Macmillan (2006).

Zweiniger-Bargiolowska, Ina, Rachel Duffett and Alain Drouard, Food and War in Twentieth-Century Europe, Ashgate (Farnham, 2011).