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The Ruhr Crisis 1923-1924$
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Conan Fischer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208006.001.0001

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Social Dislocation during the Ruhr Crisis: Hunger and Evacuation

Social Dislocation during the Ruhr Crisis: Hunger and Evacuation

(p.108) 5 Social Dislocation during the Ruhr Crisis: Hunger and Evacuation
The Ruhr Crisis 1923-1924

Conan Fischer (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explains how the struggle to assert sovereign rights over the Ruhr District triggered a trial of strength between the French and Prussian authorities in the region. In order to bring the Prussians to heel far-reaching sanctions were imposed on the Ruhr, including the periodic interruption of food shipments, including the most basic of necessities. Widespread disease and near famine resulted, threatening loss of life on a massive scale. Children were severely affected as diseases such as rickets proliferated. In a traumatic but ultimately successful effort to avert the worst, three hundred thousand ragged and starving children were evacuated to farms in unoccupied Germany where they could at least receive an adequate diet.

Keywords:   children, disease, evacuation, famine, farms, French, Prussians, sanctions, sovereignty

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