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The First World War

An Agrarian Interpretation

Paperback Published: 25th July 1991
ISBN: 9780198202790
Number Of Pages: 310

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In this book, Offer presents a new interpretation of World War I, weaving together the economic and social history of the English-speaking world, the Pacific basin, and Germany, with the development of food production and consumption. In the special field of United States history, Offer shows the effect of American agricultural power on world politics, both before and after World War I. He describes how the social institutions of American agriculture undermined farming in Britain, and forced the British Empire to rely increasingly on overseas imports of food. Detailing the role of agrarian production and consumption in British and German defense, Offer examines the moral and legal implications of setting up whole societies as strategic targets.

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"Highly original and wide-ranging."--American Historical Review "Important reading for upper-division and graduate students interested in history, political and agricultural economy, and political science. Offer writes with an engaging style and musters an impressive range of evidence."--CHOICE "Dr. Offer's breadth of vision is remarkable, his scholarship is challenging, and his eye for the telling detail is keen. In range and in depth this book would be hard to equal; and its style and structure make it something of a rarity, for it is enjoyable as it is important."--Times Higher Education Supplement

List of Platesp. xv
List of Figuresp. xvi
List of Tablesp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xviii
Introduction: Economic and Social Interpretation of the First World Warp. 1
How was Germany defeated?p. 21
Society under Siege: Germany, 1914-1918p. 23
Food Reform and Food Sciencep. 39
Did Germany really Starve?p. 45
Food and the German Statep. 54
Collapsep. 69
The Agrarian Bond: The United States, Canada and Australiap. 79
Late-Victorian Britain: An Import Economyp. 81
Causes of the Agricultural Depression, 1870-1914p. 93
The Sod House against the Manor Housep. 104
'Like Rats in a Trap': British Urban Society and Overseas Opportunitiesp. 121
Coast, Interior and Metropolisp. 135
Wheat and Empire in Canadap. 144
Asian Labour on the Pacific Rim: The Struggle for Exclusion, 1860-1907p. 164
Mackenzie King's Odysseyp. 176
Asian Labour and White Nationalism, 1907-1914p. 198
The Atlantic Orientationp. 215
Fear of Famine in British War Plans, 1890-1908p. 217
Power and Plenty: Naval Mercantilism, 1905-1908p. 233
The Atlantic Orientation: Hankey, Fisher and Esherp. 244
The Dominion Dimensionp. 264
Morality and Admiralty: 'Jacky' Fisher, Economic Warfare and International Lawp. 270
Blockade and its Enemies, 1909-1912p. 285
Preparation and Action, 1912-1914p. 300
The Other Side of the North Seap. 319
Economic Development and National Security in Wilhelmian Germanyp. 321
Germany: Economic Preparation and the Decision for Warp. 335
'A Second Decision for War': the U-Boat Campaignp. 354
Shaping the Peace: The Role of the Hinterlandsp. 368
Neither Dominion nor Peace: Germany after the Armisticep. 386
Conclusionp. 402
List of Sources Citedp. 409
Indexp. 439
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ISBN: 9780198202790
ISBN-10: 0198202792
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 25th July 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.8  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.78