Special issue of Global Food History on Black Markets in World War II

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Call for Papers
June 5, 2020 to March 1, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Law and Legal History, Modern European History / Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


Call for Articles


A special issue of Global Food History on Black Markets in World War II (1939-1945), Co-editors: Bryce Evans and Lisa Pine


This is a subject of crucial historical significance and growing scholarly attention. Some interesting research has been published on individual countries, especially Britain, France and Germany, but we propose to co-edit a journal special issue that provides a comparative and wide ranging approach to look at belligerent, occupied and neutral states in the Second World War; how food rationing affected populations; and how people turned to black markets.


We welcome articles that include but are not limited to:


  • The operation of illegal markets (broadly defined) in food during World War II
  • The centrality of food to wartime black market discourses
  • Press, propaganda and popular culture depictions of the black market
  • The gender dimensions to illegal markets in time of war
  • Engagement with the black market as an act of resistance
  • The relationship between black markets and rationing / price restrictions
  • The (im)morality of wartime black markets
  • The extent to which the wartime black market in food was a ‘grey market’


We would prefer articles examining wartime black markets in single countries, however comparative approaches are also welcome.

Global Food History is a peer-reviewed, academic journal with an international scope, presenting new research in food history from the foremost scholars in the field. The journal welcomes original articles covering any period from prehistory to the present and any geographical area, including transnational and world histories of food. Submissions on subjects relating to and from contributors outside of Europe and North America are particularly welcomed. In addition to original research, the journal welcomes articles on teaching food history, archival notes, translations, and other essays that help to build the field by encouraging and disseminating documentation; it will also contain book reviews.


Global Food History aims to encourage a wider recognition of food as not only an important means for studying such traditional scholarly concerns as politics, class, gender, race, and ethnicity, but also an important field in its own right, exploring a vital element of the human experience. As history offers an ideal forum for conversations across the social sciences and humanities, the journal also invites submissions from scholars in allied disciplines who share historians’ concerns with change over time, causation, and periodization. The journal will be of interest to those engaged in the study of the cultural, social and economic history of food.


To contribute, please send an abstract of about 250 words along with short biography by 1 March 2021, to Bryce Evans  (evansb1@hope.ac.uk) and Lisa Pine (pinel@lsbu.ac.uk). Please send any questions to the same addresses, or consult the journal’s website:http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfgf

Contact Info: 

Lisa Pine pinel@lsbu.ac.uk / Bryce Evans evansb1@hope.ac.uk

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