Waste into Weapons

Waste into Weapons

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During the Second World War, the United Kingdom faced severe shortages of essential raw materials. To keep its armaments factories running, the British government enlisted millions of people in efforts to recycle a wide range of materials for use in munitions production. Recycling not only supplied British munitions factories with much-needed raw materials - it also played a key role in the efforts of the British government to maintain the morale of its citizens, to secure billions of dollars in Lend-Lease aid from the United States, and to uncover foreign intelligence. However, Britain's wartime recycling campaign came at a cost: it consumed items that would never have been destroyed under normal circumstances, including significant parts of the nation's cultural heritage. Based on extensive archival research, Peter Thorsheim examines the relationship between armaments production, civil liberties, cultural preservation, and diplomacy, making Waste into Weapons the first in-depth history of twentieth-century recycling in Britain.Recycling in Britain during the Second World War Peter Thorsheim ... In addition to promoting increased salvage, the Ministry of Supply unleashed a raft of regulations that restricted the use of paper to a ... resources not only from the waste stream but also from objects that people would never have discarded in peacetime.

Title:Waste into Weapons
Author:Peter Thorsheim
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2015-09-30


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