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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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Epilogue and Conclusion

Epilogue and Conclusion

(p.223) Chapter Eight Epilogue and Conclusion
Food for War

Alan F. Wilt

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how the measures put in place early on worked out during the rest of the conflict and continued afterward. Food and agriculture became closely linked to rearmament in 1936, and this linkage dominated the relationship during the rest of the pre-war years. The government's preparations in food and agriculture were relatively well advanced when the war broke out. Rural and farm interests well understood what war would mean to them and their way of life. It is shown that instead of concentrating almost solely on foreign, military, industrial, and political concerns when one examines 1930s Britain, the role of food and agriculture also needs to be appreciated and taken into account. During wartime, food and other necessities should always be a fundamental concern. The government, with public backing, undertook measures during the 1930s to prepare the nation for the reality of war in food and agriculture.

Keywords:   food, agriculture, rearmament, war, rural interests, farm interests, military, industrial, political

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