Turnip Winter
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Turnip Winter

The German expression Kohlrübenwinter or Steckrübenwinter (both mean “Turnip Winter”) refers to one of the worst food crises of the war in Germany. During the winter of 1916/1917 several developments came together, among others things a particularly poor harvest caused by bad weather. The entire price structure was configured in such a way that it was more profitable for the producers to use potatoes as fodder or to sell them to distilleries than to sell them to the consumers. The same wa…

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Corni, Gustavo, “Turnip Winter”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0599>
First published online: 2015



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