Rationing
(634 words)

Rationing

The systematic registration and distribution of goods in short supply, in order to meet priority needs. The aim of rationing is to achieve distribution which is as fair as possible, and adequate to the war economy. All belligerent nations, and even the neutral countries, realized that the destruction of established structures of the international division of labor, together with enemy blockades and the enormous needs of the defense economy, created shortages of raw materials and foodstu…

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Berghoff, Hartmut, “Rationing”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 26 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0488>
First published online: 2015



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