What do starving people eat? The case of Greece through Oral History

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Author(s)Hionidou V
Publication type Article
JournalContinuity and Change
ISSN (print)0268-4160
ISSN (electronic)1469-218X
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‘Famine foods’ seems a self-explanatory term but careful reading of the existing literature suggests otherwise. ‘Famine foods’ seem to suggest repulsive and unfamiliar foods consumed only in famine situations. This paper, using the Greek famine of 1941-43 as a case study, suggests that this is not the case. Starving people continue to use foods that they are familiar with or that other sections of the population are familiar with. The very poor sections of the population may well use fodder food, which nevertheless they are familiar with and which in most cases was also used by some of their members even in ‘normal’ times.
PublisherCambridge University Press
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