Feeding Occupied France during World War I

Herbert Hoover and the Blockade

  • Clotilde Druelle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Clotilde Druelle
    Pages 1-21
  3. Clotilde Druelle
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  4. Clotilde Druelle
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  5. Clotilde Druelle
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 329-357

About this book


This book examines the history of Herbert Hoover’s Commission for Relief in Belgium, which supplied humanitarian aid to the millions of civilians trapped behind German lines in Belgium and Northern France during World War I. Here, Clotilde Druelle focuses on the little-known work of the CRB in Northern France, crossing continents and excavating neglected archives to tell the story of daily life under Allied blockade in the region. She shows how the survival of 2.3 million French civilians came to depend upon the transnational mobilization of a new sort of diplomatic actor—the non-governmental organization. Lacking formal authority, the leaders of the CRB claimed moral authority, introducing the concepts of a “humanitarian food emergency” and “humanitarian corridors” and ushering in a new age of international relations and American hegemony.


World War I Commission for Relief in Belgium Franco-American Relations Humanitarianism Nongovernmental organizations Wartime Famine humanitarian food emergency The Great War Herbert Hoover Allied blockade wartime supply humanitarian corridors Comité d’Alimentation du Nord de la France history of food supply World War I logistics German occupation of France

Authors and affiliations

  • Clotilde Druelle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of LimogesLimogesFrance

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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