Speculation on Food Prices in Turkey during the First World War


Doygun E.

40th International Congress of Military History, World War ONe 1914-1918, Varna, Bulgaristan, 31 Ağustos - 05 Eylül 2015, no.40, ss.357-366

  • Basıldığı Şehir: Varna
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Bulgaristan
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.357-366

Özet

Shortage of foodstuff and speculation on prices were widely witnessed in all the countries which engaged in World War I. War conditions often gave end to mass production of food and thereby led to a considerable risk for hunger or even starvation over a four-year period between 1914 and 1918 in Turkey.

Provisioning foodstuff appeared to be the priority of governments primarily for the purpose of keeping the military forces alive. The needs of the rest of the society were of secondary importance. Food production became the subject of black market as far as the needs of military were secured.

The situation in Turkey was not different than the war conditions in all around war. Istanbul was administered by the elites of Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) who made a big amount of wealth by provoking the food prices and inhabitants of the city who had to cope with this profiteering.

Shortage of foodstuff and speculation on prices were widely witnessed in all the countries which engaged in World War I. War conditions often gave end to mass production of food and thereby led to a considerable risk for hunger or even starvation over a four-year period between 1914 and 1918 in Turkey.

Provisioning foodstuff appeared to be the priority of governments primarily for the purpose of keeping the military forces alive. The needs of the rest of the society were of secondary importance. Food production became the subject of black market as far as the needs of military were secured.

The situation in Turkey was not different than the war conditions in all around war. Istanbul was administered by the elites of Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) who made a big amount of wealth by provoking the food prices and inhabitants of the city who had to cope with this profiteering.