From tobacco in the war to the war on tobacco: smoking in Britain and Germany from c.1900 to 1945

Elliot, R. (2013) From tobacco in the war to the war on tobacco: smoking in Britain and Germany from c.1900 to 1945. In: Huisman, F. and Oosterhuis, H. (eds.) Health and Citizenship: Political Cultures of Health in Modern Europe. Series: Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine (18). Pickering and Chatto: London, pp. 141-154. ISBN 9781848934320

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This chapter explores the contrasting ways in which smoking was incorporated into discourses of health and citizenship in Britain and Germany during both world wars. In Britain, smoking was integral to ideals of patriotism and masculine citizenship; in Germany, there were concerns about smoking and public health, which intensified in the Second World War with restrictive policies in the interests of racial hygiene. The chapter explores the position of the tobacco industry in both countries and considers the relevance of wartime rhetoric on tobacco use for current debates on smoking and health.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Smoking; World War One; World War Two; health; citizenship
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Elliot, Dr Rosemary
Authors: Elliot, R.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Publisher:Pickering and Chatto

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
376921Smoking and health in Germany from Occupation to Reunification (1945-1995)Malcolm NicolsonWellcome Trust (WELLCOME)074302/Z/04/Z/ASPS - ECONOMIC & SOCIAL HISTORY