The Hunger Winter

  title={The Hunger Winter},
  author={Ingrid de Zwarte},
This thesis investigates political and social responses to the Dutch famine, popularly known as the “Hunger Winter” of 1944-45, which occurred in the western Netherlands during the final months of the German occupation. In their review of responses to the food shortage, previous studies on the Hunger Winter have generally only considered the role of the state and those of self-serving individuals. I argue that this orthodox view on food provisioning has overlooked vital forms of societal… 

Heritages of hunger: European famine legacies in current academic debates

ABSTRACT European famines and their legacies continue to play a significant role in heritage practices and societal debates. This calls for an examination of recent scholarship about these heritages

Economic History: «An Isthmus Joining Two Great Continents»?

This paper offers (yet another) reflection on the history and current status of economic history. No other sub-discipline of economics or history has tried so hard to be loved as economic history.

Economic History: ‘An Isthmus Joining Two Great Continents’?

This paper offers (yet another) reflection on the history and current status of economic history. No other sub-discipline of economics or history has tried so hard to be loved as economic history.

Overweight and obesity at age 19 after pre-natal famine exposure

There was a 1.3-fold increase in the risk of being overweight or obese in young adults at age 19 after prenatal famine exposure in early gestation, which suggests that a body size increase in young adulthood foreshadows the long-term increase in later type 2 diabetes and mortality after early gestation famine.



Fighting Vulnerability: Child-Feeding Initiatives During the Dutch Hunger Winter

During the final months of World War II, the occupied Netherlands experienced a severe food and fuel shortage, in which over 20,000 people died from starvation or the fatal combination of

Coordinating Hunger: The Evacuation of Children During the Dutch Food Crisis, 1945

The evacuation of Dutch children during the so-called ‘Hunger Winter’ of 1944/1945 is one of the canonized stories of the German occupation of the Netherlands. In the most common version of the

The Hunger Winter: Occupied Holland 1944-1945

"The Hunger Winter amounts to a general history of the Netherlands and its government during its nine months of waiting [for liberation from the Nazis], with the emphasis often most literally on what

Food and conflict in Europe in the age of the two world wars

Book synopsis: This volume examines conflicts over food and their implications for European societies in the first half of the Twentieth century. Food shortages and famines, fears of deprivation, and

Markets and Famines

This is a study in the economics of famine. Famines have often presented a challenge to economic thought. Past debates have concerned the importance of aggregate food availability and the role of

Famine, maternal nutrition and infant mortality: a re-examination of the Dutch hunger winter.

  • N. Hart
  • Medicine, Economics
    Population studies
  • 1993
During the Dutch Hunger Winter (1945), a unique, documented example of mass famine in an industrialized population, total reproductive loss among most exposed mothers remained relatively low, explained by highly favourable fetal mortality and unfavourable infant mortality.

Famine Politics in Maoist China and the Soviet Union

During the twentieth century, 80 percent of all famine victims worldwide died in China and the Soviet Union. In this rigorous and thoughtful study, Felix Wemheuer analyzes the historical and

Cohort profile: the Dutch Hunger Winter families study.

The circumstances of the famine created what can be regarded as a ‘natural experiment’ in which exposure to famine is assigned based on an individual’s time and place of birth and this design was used to examine how maternal undernutrition during specific gestational time windows may affect the subsequent life course of offspring who experienced the famine in-utero.

Famine, exchange networks and the village community. A comparative analysis of the subsistence crises of the 1740s and the 1840s in Flanders

ABSTRACT This article focuses on local agency in two near-famines in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Flanders. Our comparative analysis of the food crises of 1740 and 1845–1847 in Flanders exposes

Social Responses During Severe Food Shortages and Famine [and Comments and Reply]

Although emergency food shortages and famines have been a prominent part of human experience for thousands of years and recur somewhere on our planet almost annually, data describing behavioral and