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Hunger in War and Peace: Women and Children in Germany, 1914-1924

Mary Elisabeth Cox


What is the impact of war on non-combatants, particularly women and children? In this innovative analysis of nutritional deprivation among ordinary German citizens during the First World War, Mary Elisabeth Cox finds that the effects of the war and the Allied interdiction of food supplies—which became known in Germany as the ‘Hungerblockade’—resulted in diminished heights and weights of children far from the battlefield. During the war, Germany defiantly proclaimed that their country could not be starved out. In a military sense, this was likely to be the case, and many modern historians argue ... More

Keywords: children, nutritional status, First World War, blockade, civilians, Germany, humanitarian aid, food security

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198820116
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198820116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Elisabeth Cox, author
William Golding Junior Research Fellow in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Brasenose College, Oxford