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Famine and Death in Occupied Greece, 1941–1944


  • Page extent: 282 pages
  • Size: 229 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.38 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9781107405431)

  • Also available in Hardback
  • Published July 2012

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$42.99 (C)

Based upon extensive archival material, this is a pioneering study of the impact of the famine that occurred in Greece during its occupation by German, Italian and Bulgarian forces in 1941 and 1942. Violetta Hionidou examines the politics of the food crisis, focusing on the famine's demographics and the effectiveness of relief operations. Her interdisciplinary approach combines demographic, historical and anthropological methodologies to present a comprehensive account of the situation--documented by the archives of the International Red Cross.


List of illustrations; List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Prologue; 1. Contexts; 2. The chronology and geography of the food crisis, 1941–4; 3. Central government and administration; 4. Requisitioning of foodstuffs; 5. Agricultural production; 6. Economy and markets in occupied Greece; 7. Welfare and relief; 8. Population movement during the occupation; 9. Short-term effects on mortality and fertility; 10. Causes of famine mortality; 11. Death and survival by occupation; Epilogue.


"Violetta Hionidou, lecturer in modern history at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, has written a superb book. Famine and Death in Occupied Greece, 1941-1944 is a comprehensive, multidimensional account and examination of the most difficult years in Greece's nearly two-century history."
- History

"...there is an embarrassment of riches here: methodologically the book includes both excellent political and demographic archival work as well as field research… Hionidou’s book is a substantive contribution to the history of World War II and to understanding famine, the experience of food scarcity, and historical memory."
- Journal of Military History

"Famine and Death epitomizes what scholarship should be."
Diana Gilliland Wright, Canadian Journal of History

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