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Hunger in War and PeaceWomen and Children in Germany, 1914-1924$
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Mary Elisabeth Cox

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198820116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198820116.001.0001

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Nutritional Deprivation after the Fighting

Nutritional Deprivation after the Fighting

November 1918–July 1919

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(p.241) 7 Nutritional Deprivation after the Fighting
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Hunger in War and Peace
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Mary Elisabeth Cox

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198820116.003.0008

Germans were dismayed that the Allied blockade continued during armistice, and loudly protested the nutritional distress it created for women and children. Official reports of the German food supply and living conditions of the civilian population were commissioned by the Germans, the Americans, the British, and a conglomerate of European neutral countries. Less official studies were also made, and first-hand reports were published across the world. Beyond the political hurdles of sending food into a blockaded country, there were also bureaucratic issues under the Supreme War Council related to food control and distribution. Limited amounts of foodstuffs were eventually allowed into Germany starting at the end of March of 1919, and these are analysed for their caloric value. Herbert Hoover became an influential figure in efforts to change public opinion to lift the blockade.

Keywords:   Living standards, civilian food supplies, armistice blockade, calories, Supreme War Council, Herbert Hoover

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