British Agriculture in the First World War (RLE The First World War)
By Peter Dewey
Routledge – 2014 – 270 pages
This volume comprehensively describes how British farmers coped with the problems of shortage of labour and other factors of production, as well as assessing how well agriculture performed as a supplier of food to the nation. Use of previously neglected records provides much evidence on issues such as the deployment of substitute labour and the introduction of the tractor into British farming for the first time. Challenging accepted view on the period, the author shows that shortages of labour and other factors of production had only a slight effect on farm output and the national food supply.
1. Introduction 2. Farming and Food Supply Before 1914 Part 1: 1914-16: Business as Usual 3. The Evolution of Policy 4. Recruiting and Farm Labour 5. Power and Machinery 6. Fertilisers and Feeds 7. Farming in Wartime Part 2: 1917-18: Farming As A Controlled Industry 8. Policy: The Peak of Intervention 9. Labourers, Soldiers, Prisoners and Women 10. Tractors and Machinery 11. Fertilisers and Feeds 12. The Work of the County Executive Committees Part 3: The Achievement 13. The Success of the Plough Policy 14. The Output of Agriculture, 1914-1918 15. Farming and Food Supply 16. Farmer, Landowner and Labourer 17. The Legacy
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