Cities of Oil: Municipalities and Petroleum Manufacturing in Southern Ontario, 1860-1960

By Timothy Cobban

© 2013

Cities of Oil is the first sustained historical account of the development of the early Canadian petroleum refining and manufacturing industry. In it, Timothy W. Cobban documents the industry’s development in southern Ontario, from its beginnings in the 1850s to its later expansion on the outskirts of London, to Petrolia, and finally to Sarnia. He accounts for all of the industry’s important developments and innovations, particularly the role played by municipalities in fostering its growth.

Using extensive archival research, Cobban concludes that municipalities can stimulate the accelerated, sustained development of local industry sectors, thus challenging the dominant view that the influence of municipalities on economic growth is marginal. Cities of Oil demonstrates the importance of accommodating the land and infrastructure needs of industry at critical junctures, and implementing land use policies that encourage the dense clustering of industries. This book will be essential reading for those seeking a greater understanding of industrial growth in the province of Ontario.

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  • Page Count: 184 pages
  • Illustrations: 3
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.7in x 9.3in
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Cities of Oil is the first sustained historical account of the development of the early Canadian petroleum refining and manufacturing industry.

Cities of Oil: Municipalities and Petroleum Manufacturing in Southern Ontario, 1860-1960

By Timothy Cobban

© 2013

Cities of Oil is the first sustained historical account of the development of the early Canadian petroleum refining and manufacturing industry. In it, Timothy W. Cobban documents the industry’s development in southern Ontario, from its beginnings in the 1850s to its later expansion on the outskirts of London, to Petrolia, and finally to Sarnia. He accounts for all of the industry’s important developments and innovations, particularly the role played by municipalities in fostering its growth.

Using extensive archival research, Cobban concludes that municipalities can stimulate the accelerated, sustained development of local industry sectors, thus challenging the dominant view that the influence of municipalities on economic growth is marginal. Cities of Oil demonstrates the importance of accommodating the land and infrastructure needs of industry at critical junctures, and implementing land use policies that encourage the dense clustering of industries. This book will be essential reading for those seeking a greater understanding of industrial growth in the province of Ontario.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 184 pages
  • Illustrations: 3
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.7in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    Cobban delivers a well-researched, concise narrative of the history and politics behind the [oil] sector’s regional growth, which began in the 1860s, long before the discoveries in Western Canada.  
    Deborah Morrison
    Canada's History

    “The southwestern Ontario petroleum industry of the mid-nineteenth century through to the mid-twentieth century was a key driver of that area’s economy and an important element of the broader story of the Canadian petroleum industry. Cities of Oil provides an interesting history on this topic, recognizing the emergence of the early sector in Ontario long before the Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Atlantic fields became so much more prominent in the Canadian oil industry. The book adds to our understanding of early technological processes surrounding crude refining, the important role of transportation networks and geographic proximity to the development of a nascent refining industry, and the significance of entrepreneurship and business consolidation in this sector of the economy.”


    Dimitry Anastakis, Department of History, Trent University

    “This well researched book adds to our understanding of the role that local governments have played in Canada’s industry development.”


    Matthew Bellamy, Department of History, Carleton University
  • Author Information

    Timothy W. Cobban is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Western University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Tables

    List of Illustrations

    Acknowledgments

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: London East: 1860–1883

    Chapter 3: Petrolia: 1883–1899

    Chapter 4: Sarnia: 1899–1960

    Chapter 5: Conclusion

    Bibliography

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