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Beyond bully beef: soldiers, food and transcultural interactions in World War I


Benbow, HM and Darian-Smith, K and Duche-Gavet, V, Beyond bully beef: soldiers, food and transcultural interactions in World War I, Food, Culture, and Society, 24, (3) pp. 390-405. ISSN 1552-8014 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2021 Association for the Study of Food and Society

DOI: doi:10.1080/15528014.2021.1884438


Important recent scholarship has highlighted the social, cultural, religious and emotional significance of food, drink and hunger in wartime. Much of this work has taken World War I as its focus. However, the particular effects of eating as an intercultural encounter is an area so far underexplored in the history of World War I. This article examines these aspects of daily life in war time through the records of diaries, memoirs, soldier newspapers and propaganda to provide greater insight into the strategic, symbolic and emotional role of food and drink for soldiers in diverse World War I armies. Our article shows that food and drink are frequently objects of intercultural exchange. This exchange is revealing not just of the material conditions of war time, but of the social, cultural and emotional contours of the intercultural encounters forced by this global conflagration.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:food, war, World War I, intercultural, multi-ethnic, history of the emotions
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:144647
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2021-06-02
Last Modified:2022-08-26

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