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Plenty and Want, 3rd Edition by John Burnett, Proffessor John Burnett

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The First World War

‘The opening of the twentieth century’, wrote Sir Jack Drummond, ‘saw malnutrition more rife in England than it had been since the great dearths of medieval and Tudor times.‘1 The statement is almost certainly untrue. The fact is that in the years immediately before the outbreak of war social investigation was for the first time revealing the extent and effects of underfeeding, but appalling as these were, they would have been found greater still in the middle of the nineteenth century if anyone had cared to look or had known ...

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