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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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The Pace Quickens, 1936–1938

The Pace Quickens, 1936–1938

(p.52) Chapter Three The Pace Quickens, 1936–1938
Food for War

Alan F. Wilt

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the events in Britain's food sector between mid-1936 and late 1938. In this period, changes in the food sector and its relation to rearmament is best described as meaningful and methodical, but not undertaken at a frantic pace. Even after the Czech crisis, which sent shock waves throughout the country, government officials did not panic but continued to build on the procedures they had worked out during the previous years. The prevalent problems at that time, the Depression and international tensions, are discussed briefly before the food sector during the period is examined. While the Depression and its effects lingered, the worst was over. Regarding the international troubles, the government saw it within the framework of three separate yet interdependent strands: finance, foreign policy, and defence. The Czech crisis made clear that the time to prepare might well be short, and so speed was of utmost importance.

Keywords:   food sector, rearmament, Czech crisis, Depression, finance, foreign policy, defence

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