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Author Weinreb, Alice Autumn, author

Title Modern hungers : food and power in twentieth-century Germany / Alice Weinreb
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
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Contents Introduction: Modern hungers in modern Germany -- The geopolitics of total war : food in the First World War -- Blood and soil : the food economy and the Nazi racial state -- Hunger and the remaking of history : rationing, suffering, and human rights in occupied Germany -- Fueling Reconstruction : production and consumption in divided Germany -- Kitchen debates : the family meal and female labor in East and West Germany -- Fighting fat : obesity and the healthy body in the late Cold War -- Epilogue: Yes, we have no bananas : negotiating past and future in reunified Germany
Summary "During the first decades of the twentieth century, modern states fighting World War I and II for the first time experimented with feeding--and starving--entire populations. Within the new globalizing economy, food became intimately intertwined with waging war. In Europe, starvation claimed more lives than any other weapon of war. As Alice Weinreb shows in Modern Hungers, nowhere was this more apparent than in Germany, initiator and loser of both wars. The end of armed conflict in 1945 did not mean that such military strategies declined in significance. Fears of hunger and fantasies of abundance were instead reframed within a new political system that saw the world as divided between capitalism and communism. Divided Germany rapidly became the key European stage for the Cold War. During the postwar decades, Europeans lived longer, possessed more goods, and were healthier than ever before. Nothing signaled this shift more clearly than the disappearance of famine from the continent. So powerful was the experience of post-1945 abundance that it is hard today to imagine a time when the specter of hunger haunted Europe and the primary targets for American food aid was Belgium and Germany rather than Africa. Yet under both capitalist and communist systems, economic growth and political priorities proved inseparable from the modern food system. Drawing on sources ranging from military records to cookbooks to economic and nutritional studies from East and West German archives, Modern Hungers reveals similarities and striking ruptures in popular experience and state policy relating to the industrial food economy. It thus offers historical context for many key contemporary concerns ranging from humanitarian food aid to the gender-wage gap to the obesity epidemic"--Provided by publisher
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Subject Food industry and trade -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Food supply -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Food -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Food -- Social aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Hunger -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Hunger -- Social aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Power (Social sciences) -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Industries -- General.
Economic history.
Farming and Country Life.
Food industry and trade -- Political aspects.
Food supply -- Political aspects.
Food -- Social aspects.
Hunger -- Political aspects.
Hunger -- Social aspects.
Politics and government.
Power (Social sciences)
Social conditions.
Germany -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
Germany -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Germany -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Germany.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016052906
ISBN 0190605103 (electronic bk.)
019060512X
9780190605100 (electronic bk.)
9780190605124
(hardcover ; acid-free paper)