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Food for WarAgriculture and Rearmament in Britain before the Second World War$
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Alan F. Wilt

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208716.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter One Introduction
Food for War

Alan F. Wilt

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter describes the book's aim to attempt to recognize food and agriculture as significant factors in Britain during the 1930s, not as elements standing apart from identified major issues. They also deserve to be part of the historical discourse. The relationship between food, agriculture and rearmament should be analysed as important in its own right because it provides additional insights into the decade. The end goal is to add to the understanding of the relationship between food production, processing, distribution, and consumption on the one hand, and rearmament as broadly conceived on the other. Knowing how the government planned to handle food and agriculture if war should break out as well as the extent to which the public was informed about these plans, should broaden the appreciation of many issues Britain faced in the 1930s.

Keywords:   food, agriculture, 1930s, historical discourse, rearmament, food production, food processing, food distribution, food consumption

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