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Food, Nutrition, and the Making of Industrial Britain
Christopher Otter, Ohio State University
Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=FA-56613-12
The British Nutrition Transition and its Histories (Article)
Title: The British Nutrition Transition and its Histories
Author: C Otter
Abstract: This paper argues that food has become an increasingly important topic in British historiography. To frame this historiographical analysis, the paper focuses on the “nutrition transition” in Britain, which took place between around 1750 and 1950. This transition marked a shift towards a diet rich in refined wheat, sugar, dairy and meat. The paper explores various phenomena related to the nutrition transition, notably changes in the standard of living, the relationship between the state and the economy, the impact of war, and the development of globalization. These various historical developments have all become rich areas for historiographical analysis and debate. In general, we can observe a historiographical drift from “social” approaches to the history of food through “cultural” ones to today’s situation, which is one of methodological innovation and profusion. This situation suggests that some of the most interesting writing on British history is currently about food.
Primary URL: http://http://www.worldcat.org/title/the-british-nutrition-transition-and-its-histories/oclc/5151213152&referer=brief_results
Publisher: History Compass, 10:11
Hippophagy in the UK: A Failed Dietary Revolution (Article)
Title: Hippophagy in the UK: A Failed Dietary Revolution
Author: C Otter
Abstract: This study explores the history of horseflesh consumption in modern Britain and France. ? It examines why horsemeat became relatively popular in France, but not Britain. ? These reasons include the active role of scientists, philanthropists, journalists and butchers. ? These figures did not actively promote horsemeat in Britain. ? These factors are as important as cultural and economic ones in explaining dietary transformation.
Primary URL: http://http://www.worldcat.org/title/hippophagy-in-the-uk-a-failed-dietary-revolution/oclc/5902360044&referer=brief_results