The Free Peasantry and the Controlled Economy

  • Jonathan Osmond
Part of the St Antony’s book series

Abstract

The end of the war did not bring the end of the war economy. Throughout Germany food was scarce as agricultural productivity declined, the blockade continued, and the mark’s depreciation made imports prohibitively expensive. A flourishing black market pushed up prices and diverted foodstuffs from one area to another or out of the country altogether. In order to avert starvation and civil unrest, the post-revolutionary governments retained controls on the production, prices and marketing of agricultural produce. They were already unpopular amongst the farming population, but their continuation under republican governments exacerbated the hostility. Peasant resentment at state intervention was now coupled with a fear that it was to be used for socialist objectives.

Keywords

Sugar Burning Corn Manifold Europe 

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  • Jonathan Osmond
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  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

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