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Plenty and Want, 3rd Edition by John Burnett, Proffessor John Burnett

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13

The Second World War

 

 

There is a strange irony in the fact that the two crucial periods for the improvement of the diet of the majority of English people coincided with times of national crisis – the Great Depression of the 1880s and the war-time and post-war difficulties of the 1940s. In both cases the basic reason for improvement was the same – a rising standard of living resulting from an increase in the purchasing power of the population. But here the parallel ends. In the first period this increased spending power was due to external ...

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