Impérialisme énergétique ? Ressources, pouvoir et environnement (19e-20e s.)


Stains of Empire: accumulation by contamination in the Gulf

Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London


McGill University
This research was supported by the Leadership for the Ecozoic project (L4E) at McGill University. All websites accessed 13 July 2020.

La découverte du pétrole au Moyen-Orient a contribué à l’éclosion et à l’enrichissement massif du complexe militaro-industriel. Le corollaire de cette accumulation de capital est la contamination de la région, cannibalisant la vie quotidienne de populations entières vivant parmi les décombres de…

Alternatives to Energy Imperialism: Energy and Rising Economies

Western Michigan University

Cet article cherche à démontrer que les efforts menés par les économies en croissance rapide pour sécuriser un accès aux ressources énergétiques ainsi que leur contrôle reposent souvent sur des alternatives à un impérialisme énergétique. Au dix-neuvième, vingtième et vingt-et-unième siècles, les…

Energy Imperialism? Introduction to the special issue

Teaching Fellow, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London


Marie Curie Sklodowska Individual Research Fellowship, Department of History, University of Warwick

Dans ce numéro spécial, nous réfléchissons aux relations entre systèmes énergétiques et impérialisme à travers différents prismes : le rôle du pétrole dans les relations internationales ; l'économie mondiale et le monde postcolonial ; les déchets créés par l'industrie pétrolière ; les relations…

“Jumped on the boat of a territorialist organization”: State and Capital at the Origins of Oil Imperialism

University of Padova, francesco.petrini[at]

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…

Building 'Oil' in British India: a Category, an Infrastructure

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…

Oil, dollars, and US power in the 1970s: re-viewing the connections

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…

Transnational Capital Markets and Development Policies: The OPEC Countries, the Eurocurrency Markets, and the LDCs from the 1960s to the 1970s

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…