The Great depression had a worldwide impact.  It is said to have started in 1929 with the Stock market Crash here in the United States (Frankforter & Spellmen, 2013, pp. 684).  The first chart in the link below shows some of the countries that were impacted by the Great Depression, and the dates of impact and recovery.  The second chart in the link below shows the fall in production during the great depression for some countries (Romer).

To give an idea of what times were like in some areas of  Europe during the Great Depression, one can read The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell,  Orwell wrote this non-fictional book during the 1930’s and captured some of the greatest economic woes during this time.  A quote from his book states:

“For supper there was the pale flabby Lancashire cheese and biscuits. The Bookers never called these biscuits biscuits. They always referred to them reverently as “’cream crackers”’. . .-thus glozing over the fact that there was only really cheese for supper” (1980, p.130).

Times were harsh, and people’s lives were being impacted around the world in much the same way described in the quote above.


Frankforter, A., & Spellman, W. (2013). The Troubled Interwar Years. In The West: A narrative history (3rd ed., pp. 679-705). Boston: Pearson.

Orwell, G. (1980). The Road to Wigan Pier. In George Orwell (pp. 123-231). London: Secker & Warburg/Octopus.

Romer, C. Great Depression: Economy. Retrieved May 1, 2015, from





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