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The Bread of Affliction

The Bread of Affliction
The Food Supply in the USSR during World War II


Part of Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522830

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  • This book tells how the Soviet Union fed itself after the invasion by the Germans during World War II. The author argues that central planning became much less important in feeding the population, and civilians were thereby forced to become considerably more self reliant in feeding themselves. A rationing system was instituted soon after the war began, but quickly became irrelevant because of the chronic food shortages. The breakdown in central supplies of food was accompanied by the diminished importance of the rouble, which in many places was replaced by bread and clothing as the medium of exchange. Although the Soviet army was given high precedence over civilians, the author also shows that the population living under German occupation was much worse off than were Soviet civilians living in the rear. In addition to extensive use of American and German archives from the war period, the author interviewed more than thirty Soviet emigres who survived the war.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522830
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 40 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. On the eve of the War
    2. The desperate months of 1941: invasion and evacuation
    3. The German Occupation
    4. Producing food for the Unoccupied USSR: the factors of production
    5. Local food sources
    6. The first priority: feeding the armed forces
    7. Feeding the cities and towns: civilian rationing
    8. White and Black Markets: the safety valve for civilian food supply
    9. Crime and privilege
    10. Death's dominion: the Siege of Leningrad
    11. The newly liberated areas: restoring the food supply
    12. The wages of hunger: direct and indirect consequences of wartime food shortages

  • Author

    William Moskoff, Lake Forest College, Illinois

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