Tim Pratt is completing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Manchester.
James Vernon is associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of its new Center for British Studies. This piece is part of a forthcoming book project by the second author, Modernity's Hunger: How Imperial Britain Created and Failed to Solve the Problem of Hunger in the Modern World. We would like to thank the following for their careful readings and helpful comments: Thomas Metcalf, Kevin Grant, the editors James Epstein and Nicholas Rogers, and an anonymous reader. The research for this article was made possible by an Economic and Social Research Council Senior Research Fellowship Award (RD000271073) as well as a University of California, Berkeley, Junior Faculty Research Grant.