Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London
Since the discovery of oil in the Gulf, the military-industrial complex has expanded the scale and scope of capital accumulation. We argue in this paper that the corollary to capital accumulation is contamination of human ecology, cannibalizing the daily life of many people having to…
Western Michigan UniversityPaul.ciccantel[at]wmich.edu
This paper argues that efforts to gain secure access to and control over energy resources to fuel rapidly growing economies often rely on alternatives to energy imperialism. In the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, rising economies utilized a variety of strategies to supply…
European University Institute.
This article posits that the French conquest of Vietnam was undertook notably to appropriate its coal resources for the energy supply of the French Navy, and that French imperialism was in that case an ‘energy imperialism’. Hence, it argues that the conquest of Tonkin and Annam (1873-1885) can…
Teaching Fellow, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
Marie Curie Sklodowska Individual Research Fellowship, Department of History, University of Warwick
In this special issue, we reflect on the relations between energy systems and imperialism via multiple expressions: the role of oil in international relations, the global economy, and the post-colonial world; the problem of waste created by the oil industry; the relations between capitalism and…
University of Padova, francesco.petrini[at]unipd.it
Modern imperialism springs from the interaction of the geopolitical and economic logics. The international oil industry offers an ideal case study of this connection. The links between nation states and multinational oil companies have been close and mutually advantageous. The oil majors took…
Doctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, New York.
This paper traces the history of oil being reined in by the British Raj, from the 1870s to the early 20th C. I argue that oil is not a self-evident object, but a category built by regimes of thought. Second I argue that oil became an infrastructure, used by the colonial state to…
Ca’ Foscari University Venice.
Petrodollars – the dollars accumulated by oil-producing countries as revenues for oil exports – are usually considered key to our understanding of the renewal and transformation of US power during the 1970s. Yet, in the context of a large and expanding literature, in which the…
University of Naples L'Orientale
In the wake of a recent literature in international banking and financial history focused on the role of western commercial banks in placing the OPEC nations' assets with international borrowers, this article examines the role of leading Wall Street American banks in reflowing the investments of…