Taste of War World War II and the Battle for Food

ISBN-10: 0143123017

ISBN-13: 9780143123019

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lizzie Collingham

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ANew York TimesNotable Book of 2012Food, and in particular the lack of it, was central to the experience of World War II. In this richly detailed and engaging history, Lizzie Collingham establishes how control of food and its production is crucial to total war. How were the imperial ambitions of Germany and Japan - ambitions which sowed the seeds of war - informed by a desire for self-sufficiency in food production? How was the outcome of the war affected by the decisions that the Allies and the Axis took over how to feed their troops? And how did the distinctive ideologies of the different combatant countries determine their attitudes towards those they had to feed?Tracing the interaction between food and strategy, on both the military and home fronts, this gripping, original account demonstrates how the issue of access to food was a driving force within Nazi policy and contributed to the decision to murder hundreds of thousands of 'useless eaters' in Europe. Focusing on both the winners and losers in the battle for food,The Taste of Warbrings to light the striking fact that war-related hunger and famine was not only caused by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, but was also the result of Allied mismanagement and neglect, particularly in India, Africa and China.American dominance both during and after the war was not only a result of the United States' immense industrial production but also of its abundance of food. This book traces the establishment of a global pattern of food production and distribution and shows how the war subsequently promoted the pervasive influence of American food habits and tastes in the post-war world. A work of great scope,The Taste of Warconnects the broad sweep of history to its intimate impact upon the lives of individuals. 
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of Illustrations
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Introduction - War and Food
Food - An Engine of War
Germany's Quest for Empire
From wheat to meat
Defeat, hunger and the legacy of the First World War
Autarky and Lebensraum
Herbert Backe and the Hunger Plan
Genocide in the east
Japan's Quest for Empire
A radical answer to rural crisis
One million households in Manchuria
From Nanjing to Pearl Harbor
The Battle for Food
American Boom
Feeding Britain
From meat to bread and potatoes
American dried egg and Argentinian corned beef
The Battle of the Atlantic
The worst winter of the war
The American lifeline
Frozen meat versus men and arms
Victory in the Atlantic
Mobilizing the British Empire
The Middle East Supply Centre
Profiteering in East Africa
West Africa and the dollar deficit
The Bengal famine
Feeding Germany
The battle for production
The occupation of western Europe
Greek famine and Belgian resilience
Allies and Aryans
Germany Exports Hunger to the East
Living off the land
Implementing the Hunger Plan
The food crisis of 1941-42
The Holocaust in Poland
Food confiscation in the Ukraine
Soviet Collapse
Japan's Journey towards Starvation
Rice and sweet potatoes
Chaos and hunger in the empire
China Divided
Nationalist collapse
Communist survival
The Politics of Food
Japan - Starving for the Emperor
Healthy eating as a patriotic virtue
Churchill's rations
The American blockade
New Guinea
Hunger on the home islands
The Soviet Union - Fighting on Empty
Feeding the Red Army
Feeding the cities
The American lifeline
Perseverance despite hunger
Germany and Britain - Two Approaches to Entitlement
1930s Britain - a nutritional divide
1930s Germany - the campaign for nutritional freedom
The politics of rationing
Feeding the British working classes
Feeding the German war machine
The black market
The German cities - hungry but not starving
The British Empire - War as Welfare
Dr Carrot - guarding the British nation's health
Closing the nutritional gap
Health and morale - the Army Catering Corps
Fighting on bully beef and biscuits
Porridge, peas and vitamins
Nutritional reconditioning - the Indian army
The United States - Out of Depression and into Abundance
The 'good war'
Future hopes
Troop welfare
Australia - food processing for victory
Feeding Pacific islanders
The Aftermath
A Hungry World
A World of Plenty
American plenty versus European relief
A vision for the future
The shape of the post-war food world
The rise of the new consumer
A Selective Chronology of the Second World War
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