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Botswana 1939–1945An African Country at War$
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Ashley Jackson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207641.001.0001

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The Home Front: The Economics of War

The Home Front: The Economics of War

(p.123) 6 The Home Front: The Economics of War
Botswana 1939–1945

Ashley Jackson

Oxford University Press

While the notion of ‘home front’ is commonly found in discussions regarding the historiography of Britain during periods of war, and is often used to represent domestic manifestations within the war, such can also be applied to how the war had been able to impose significant and direct impacts on the economic and social lives of the people in Bechuanaland. During the period between 1939 and 1945, it was made evident through the various rationing measures, price and tax increases, and other such economic measures, that the Protectorate had made considerable economic contributions to the war. Intensified control and regulation measures and the extraction of resources are commonplace descriptions of the African economies during the war. In this chapter, the different aspects of the economic history of wartime in Bechuanaland are analysed to provide an outline of the war's key effects.

Keywords:   home front, economics, Bechuanaland Protectorate, economic history, economic contributions, regulation, resources, control

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