Famine
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Famine

The long duration of the war, reciprocal blockades of food imports, and the exploitation of regions occupied by the Central Powers all caused occasional dramatic occurrences of famine in the World War. In the German Reich and Austria especially, the food situation during the second half of the war was appalling.

In Germany, the lack of planning to maintain the food supply in case of war was partly the blame for the quantitative and qualitative decline in the diet of a majority of the German civilian population. The weekly flour ration fell…

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Corni, Gustavo, “Famine”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0192>
First published online: 2015



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