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Agriculture in the Second World War

Londoners growing vegetables in Kensington Gardens during the Second World War.
Londoners growing vegetables in Kensington Gardens during the Second World War.
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Agriculture was in poor shape by the mid-1930s and much arable land had reverted to pasture. Although some politicians continued to argue against government intervention, a Food and Supply Sub-Committee was established in April 1936, which proved to be not just necessary, but also successful.

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Further reading

  • Howkins, A., The Death of Rural England A Social History of the Countryside (London and New York: Routledge, 2003)
  • Pollard, S., The Development of the British Economy 1914-1980 (London: Edward Arnold, 1983)

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