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Coping with Hunger and Shortage under German Occupation in World War II

Editors: Tönsmeyer, Tatjana, Haslinger, Peter, Laba, Agnes (Eds.)

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  • Provides the first Europe-wide, comparative bottom-up approach to the history of occupied societies during the Second World War
  • Examines individual and group strategies for overcoming drastic shortages
  • Analyses the makeshift economies which emerged under occupation including black markets, bartering, smuggling and prostitution
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This volume demonstrates how German expansion in the Second World War II led to shortages, of food and other necessities including medicine, for the occupied populations, causing many to die from severe hunger or starvation. While the various chapters look at a range of topics, the main focus is on the experiences of ordinary people under occupation; their everyday life, and how this quickly became dominated by the search for supplies and different strategies to fight scarcity. The book discusses various such strategies for surviving increasingly catastrophic circumstances, ranging from how people dealt with rationing systems, to the use of substitute products and recycling, barter, black-marketeering and smuggling, and even survival prostitution. In addressing examples from Norway to Greece and from France to Russia, this volume offers the first pan-European perspective on the history of shortage, malnutrition and hunger resulting from the war, occupation, and aggressive German exploitation policies. 

About the authors

Tatjana Tönsmeyer is Chair of Modern History at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. From 2012-2016 she was Head of the 'Europe' Research Area at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities. She co-edits the international research and editorial project 'Societies under German Occupation: Experiences and Everyday Life in World War II'.

Peter Haslinger is Director of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, Germany. He is Chair in East Central European History at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and the Giessen Centre for Eastern European Studies. He is also co-editor of 'Societies under German Occupation: Experiences and Everyday Life in World War II'. 

Agnes Laba is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Modern History of the University of Wuppertal. She received her PhD in contemporary history at the University of Giessen for her research on the discourse about the Eastern border of the Weimar Republic.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Supply Situations: National Socialist Policies of Exploitation and Economies of Shortage in Occupied Societies During World War II

    Pages 3-23

    Tönsmeyer, Tatjana

  • Black Market in the General Government 1939–1945: Survival Strategy or (Un)Official Economy?

    Pages 27-47

    Kochanowski, Jerzy

  • Economies of Scarcity in Belarusian Villages During World War II: How New Findings from Oral History Projects Put a Perpetrator-Centred Historiography in Perspective

    Pages 49-59

    Smalianchuk, Aliaksandr (et al.)

  • Supplies Under Pressure: Survival in a Fully Rationed Society: Experiences, Cases and Innovation in Rural and Urban Regions in Occupied Norway

    Pages 61-82

    Hjeltnes, Guri

  • ‘The Black Market Is a Crime Against Community’: The Failure of the Vichy Government to Bring About an Egalitarian System of Distribution and the Growth of the Black Market in France During the German Occupation (1940–1944)

    Pages 83-97

    Grenard, Fabrice

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08462-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Coping with Hunger and Shortage under German Occupation in World War II
Editors
  • Tatjana Tönsmeyer
  • Peter Haslinger
  • Agnes Laba
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77467-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77467-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77466-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08462-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 319
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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