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Hunger: A Modern History / Edition 1

Hunger: A Modern History / Edition 1

by James Vernon
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ISBN-13: 2900674026789
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

James Vernon is Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Hunger and the Making of the Modern World     1
The Humanitarian Discovery of Plunger     17
Hunger as Political Critique     41
The Science and Calculation of Hunger     81
Hungry England and Planning for a World of Plenty     118
Collective Feeding and the Welfare of Society     159
You Are What You Eat: Educating the Citizen as Consumer     196
Remembering Hunger: The Script of British Social Democracy     236
Conclusion     272
Notes     281
Index     361

What People are Saying About This

This is history writing of the most jolting and publicly significant kind.

Gareth Stedman Jones

Hunger: A Modern History moves impressively between the British domestic and political, the colonial and the global, without straining the argument or losing touch with the sources. James Vernon's research ranges over vast tracts of material, demonstrating concretely and graphically how discussion about famine originating in nineteenth-century India became central to discussion about nutrition in twentieth-century Britain.
Gareth Stedman Jones, Cambridge University

Bruce Robbins

This is history writing of the most jolting and publicly significant kind.
Bruce Robbins, Columbia University

Geoff Eley

A work of exciting originality that uses hunger to challenge our essential ideas about the history of the welfare state and of democracy and citizenship in twentieth-century Britain. This is a very major book.
Geoff Eley, University of Michigan

Philippa Levine

A lively and engaging study that demonstrates how hunger is as much a historical condition as it is a biological one. Elegant, intelligent, and ambitious, it will be widely read and admired.
Philippa Levine, University of Southern California

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