Rachel Duffett completed her doctorate in history at the University of Essex in 2009. Her thesis was an exploration of the significance of food in the lives of the soldiers of the First World War, both as a physiological necessity and a source of psychological comfort; her monograph The Stomach for Fighting was published by Manchester University Press in 2012 and she has recently jointly edited a book for Ashgate Publishing on the outcomes of the most recent symposium of the International Commission for Research into European Food History held in Paris.
The military, social and cultural impact of warfare in the twentieth century, particularly the way in which affective experience has been captured in personal narratives. The history, anthropology and sociology of food. The social and cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth century Britain; my undergraduate degree in English Literature has led to an interest in the use of literature, especially the nineteenth century novel, as an historical source. I am currently working with Professor Mike Roper on a project exploring the role of the First World War in the lives of the children of the interwar years.
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