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

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Between the wars

The First World War demonstrated more clearly than any previous conflict the importance of adequate food supplies. Although the dietary needs of armies had long been recognized, the ‘Kaiser’s War’ was the first to involve civilian populations no less than armies and the first to depend importantly on the civilian population’s industrial efficiency and morale. ‘The food question ultimately decided the issue of this war,’ wrote Lloyd George at the end of the conflict. It was a justifiable exaggeration, for military experts regarded ...

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