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Supermarket USA: Food and Power in the Cold War Farms Race

Shane Hamilton


This innovative history of supermarkets describes the role of food and agriculture during and after the Cold War. American business leaders and political figures deployed American supermarkets around the world as explicitly anticommunist "weapons" in the Cold War economic contest with the Soviet Union. Modern supermarkets, built upon industrial agriculture supply chains, penetrated world political and economic spheres during the Cold War Farms Race, embodying a pervasive rhetoric of exceptional American food abundance, a counterrevolutionary ideology of capitalist economic development, and a m ... More

Keywords: Supermarkets, Cold War, Agriculture, International business, Business history, Economic history, Economic development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300232691
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300232691.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shane Hamilton, author
University of York