Food, Culture and Identity in Germany's Century of War

Editors: Benbow, Heather Merle, Perry, Heather R. (Eds.)

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  • Examines the social, cultural and emotional significance of food and hunger in World War I, World War II and the Global Cold War
  • Analyzes Germany’s modern wars through food-centered perspectives and experiences “from below”
  • Moves beyond the “hot zones” of armed conflict to consider spaces such as public kitchens, occupation zones, medical encounters and reconstruction programs
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Even in the harsh conditions of total war, food is much more than a daily necessity, however scarce—it is social glue and an identity marker, a form of power and a weapon of war. This collection examines the significance of food and hunger in Germany’s turbulent twentieth century. Food-centered perspectives and experiences “from below” reveal the social, cultural and political consequences of three conflicts that defined the twentieth century: the First and Second World Wars and the ensuing global Cold War. Emerging and established scholars examine the analytical salience of food in the context of twentieth-century Germany while pushing conventional temporal frameworks and disciplinary boundaries. Together, these chapters interrogate the ways in which deeper studies of food culture in Germany can shed new light on old wars.

About the authors

Heather Merle Benbow is a scholar of German Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Heather R. Perry is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Hunger Pangs: The Contours of Violence and Food Scarcity in Germany’s Twentieth-Century Wars

    Pages 1-16

    Benbow, Heather Merle (et al.)

  • Onward Kitchen Soldiers! Gender, Food and Health in Germany’s Long Great War

    Pages 17-43

    Perry, Heather R.

  • Food, Drink and Hunger for World War I German Soldiers

    Pages 45-74

    Benbow, Heather Merle

  • Public Feeding in the First World War: Berlin’s First Public Kitchen System

    Pages 75-102

    Sprenger-Seyffarth, Jenny

  • Coping with Hunger in the Ghettos: The Impact of Nazi Racialized Food Policy

    Pages 103-124

    Sinnreich, Helene J.

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-27138-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27137-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Food, Culture and Identity in Germany's Century of War
Editors
  • Heather Merle Benbow
  • Heather R. Perry
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27138-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27138-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27137-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 280
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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