Hunger for Power and Self-Sufficiency: How Colonialism Complicated Food Scarcity and Invention during World War II
Discover the hidden food history of World War II that mainstream narratives have overlooked. While the war conjures images of genocide and ceaseless violence, it's important to address the histories of colonized peoples during this time. Learn how contrasting food inventions between colonial powers and their holdings during World War II shed light on these marginalized histories.
Explore how America's emergence as a world power during World War II led to the introduction of iconic food items like SPAM and M&Ms. These food inventions profoundly impacted the military and were later incorporated into some American dishes after the war. Discover how the relationship between entrepreneurs and the American military was vital to food invention, and how food science led to popular American snack foods.
Find out how the American military introduced their own food inventions to subjugated places, spurring more food innovation in places they had colonized and waged war. Learn how SPAM became a key part of history during the war in places like Hawaii, Korea, and Okinawa, and how it continues to sustain them today. Discover how Europe's food invention was less connected to the military, with homefront food invention being government sponsored. Explore how citizens of these powers were better off during times of extreme food shortages and rationing than others.
Explore the contrasting food history of the Bengal Famine, where millions of deaths occurred due to the British colony's whims. Discover how food invention was still possible during these times, showing perseverance, and how similar themes emerged in other parts of Asia. Learn how colonized people showed ingenuity in the face of starvation and how the differences in how colonizing and colonized spaces dealt with food insecurity during World War II reveal the glaring inequality in homefront experiences.