Food for War is a ground-breaking study of Britain's food and agricultural preparations in the 1930s as the nation once again made ready for war. Historians writing about 1930s Britain have usually focused on the Depression, appeasement, or political, military, and industrial concerns. None have dealt adequately with another significant topic, food and agriculture, as the nation moved, albeit reluctantly, from peace to war. In this new account Alan F.
Wilt makes right this omission by examining in depth the relationship between food, agriculture, and the nation's preparations for war.He reveals how food and agriculture became closely linked to rearmament as early as 1936; that the government's preparations in this sector, as contrasted
with other areas of the economy, were relatively well-developed when war broke out in 1936; and that rural and farm interests well understood the effect that war would have on their way of life. He argues that food and agriculture need to be integrated into the more general historical discourse, for what happened in Britain in the 1930s not only set the stage for World War II, but also contributed to a more robust agriculture in the decades that followed.
Food for War sheds light on the complex effort that was required to create a workable wartime food strategy and it acts as a useful reminder that rearmament should be seen in its widest context Erin Gill, Twentieth Century British History The book is the fruit of assiduous research in the UK and the USA, and Alan Wilt has filled a long-standing gap in the literature most comprehensively. It is a notable addition to our understanding of the links between food, farming and rearmament in the 1930s. War in History Illuminating ... This book is the fruit of assiduous research in the UK and the USA, and Alan Wilt has filled a long-standing gap in the literature most comprehensively. It is a notable addition to our understanding of the links between food, farming and rearmament in the 1930s. English Historical Review
2: The Background, 1914-36
3: The Pace Quickens, 1936-8
4: From Crisis to War, 1938-9
5: Influence of the Agricultural Lobbies
6: Awareness in the Countryside
7: Food in Wartime, 1939-40
8: Epilogue and Conclusion