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Austro-Hungarian Agriculture

Walt KŁhn - Zeichnet die Sechste ÷sterreichische Kriegsanleihe

Walt KŁhn
Zeichnet die Sechste ÷sterreichische Kriegsanleihe
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PST 0491

Minka PodhajskŠ - Zeichnet Siebente Kriegsanleihe!

Minka PodhajskŠ
Zeichnet Siebente Kriegsanleihe!
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PST 3228

These two Austro-Hungarian posters depicting farmers ploughing their fields serve as a reminder that Austria-Hungary, like France, had a predominately agrarian economy. The production of foodstuffs was vital, especially after the Allied blockade greatly reduced imports.

In Walt KŁhn's poster, the Austrian soldier and farmer are shown together, as both were important: the soldier is guarding the land that the farmer uses to feed the people.

Minka PodhajskŠ's poster shows the land as provider for the family, and also how rural life continued without the men who had gone to fight. The message seems to be that food production must continue regardless.


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