The Diaries and Letters of Lord Woolton, 1940-1945

Michael Kandiah, Judith Rowbotham

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This book is the first academic survey of Lord Woolton's important wartime role, first as Minister of Food and then as Minister of Reconstruction. Using Lord Woolton's Diaries and correspondence (including with Churchill), it provides key insights into how the Minister of Food managed to operate undisturbed by wartime bombing. It enables a fuller understand of the political decisions on rationing. The little known work he did as Minister of Reconstruction 1943-1945 is also explored, providing a new background to understandings of the setup of the welfare state after 1945.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Commissioning bodyBritish Academy
Number of pages324
ISBN (Print)9780197266847
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Publication series

NameRecords of Social and Economic History New Series 61
PublisherOxford University Press


  • World War II
  • Minister of Food
  • Ministry of Food
  • Rationing, Price response, Means-testing, Cost effectiveness
  • Food distribution
  • food trade
  • Minister of Reconstruction
  • Ministry of Reconstruction
  • Reconstruction
  • British government policy formulation
  • British History
  • British policy
  • British economic history
  • British political history
  • Lord Woolton


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