The First World Oil War

By Timothy Winegard
Foreword by Sir Hew Strachan

© 2016

Oil is the source of wealth and economic opportunity. Oil is also the root source of global conflict, toxicity and economic disparity. When did oil become such a powerful commodity—during, and in the immediate aftermath of, the First World War.

In his groundbreaking book The First World Oil War, Timothy C. Winegard argues that beginning with the First World War, oil became the preeminent commodity to safeguard national security and promote domestic prosperity.  For the first time in history, territory was specifically conquered to possess oil fields and resources; vital cogs in the continuation of the industrialized warfare of the Twentieth Century. 

This original and pioneering study analyzes the evolution of oil as a catalyst for both war and diplomacy, and connects the events of the First World War to contemporary petroleum geo-politics and international aggression. 

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This original and pioneering study analyzes the evolution of oil as a catalyst for both war and diplomacy, and connects the events of the First World War to contemporary petroleum geo-politics and international aggression. 

The First World Oil War

By Timothy Winegard
Foreword by Sir Hew Strachan

© 2016

Oil is the source of wealth and economic opportunity. Oil is also the root source of global conflict, toxicity and economic disparity. When did oil become such a powerful commodity—during, and in the immediate aftermath of, the First World War.

In his groundbreaking book The First World Oil War, Timothy C. Winegard argues that beginning with the First World War, oil became the preeminent commodity to safeguard national security and promote domestic prosperity.  For the first time in history, territory was specifically conquered to possess oil fields and resources; vital cogs in the continuation of the industrialized warfare of the Twentieth Century. 

This original and pioneering study analyzes the evolution of oil as a catalyst for both war and diplomacy, and connects the events of the First World War to contemporary petroleum geo-politics and international aggression. 

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.3in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘Exceptionally and impressively well written, The First World Oil War is highly recommended for both academia and non-specialist general readers.’


    John Taylor
    Midwest Book Review, December 2016

    "Timothy C. Winegard looks at how, since the First World War, the oil industry has become a catalyst for both war and diplomacy in The First World Oil War."


    Quill and Quire

    ‘This is an important contribution to First world War history and is recommended for interested readers as well as undergraduate and graduate audiences.’


    Corbin Williamson
    Canadian Military History vol 27:01:2018

    The First World Oil War is a significant contribution to our knowledge of the First World War. Winegard’s erudite work is on-par with the best literature in the field and presents a way to make the war relevant to our understanding of the world today.”


    Michael Neiberg, author of Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe
  • Author Information

    Timothy C. Winegard holds a PhD. from the University of Oxford. He served nine years as an officer in the Canadian and British Forces. Dr. Winegard teaches history and political science at Colorado Mesa University.


    Sir Hew Strachan FRSE is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He was Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford from 2002 to 2015.
  • Table of contents

    Foreword by Sir Hew Strachan

    Acknowledgements

    List of Tables

    List of Illustrations

    Author’s Note: On Words

    Introduction

    Chapter 1: Oil and the Great Game

    Chapter 2: Petroleum and Pipeline Politics

    Chapter 3: The Last Crusade in the Middle East

    Chapter 4: The Black Blood of Victory

    Chapter 5: The Deployment of Dunsterforce

    Chapter 6: Basra to Baghdad to Baku

    Chapter 7: The Battle for Baku

    Chapter 8: Peace and Petroleum

    Chapter 9: Oil and the New Great Game

    Conclusion

    Epilogue

    Appendix: Petroleum Situation in the British Empire, Admiral Sir Edmond J.W. Slade, 29 July 1918. 

    Bibliography

    Endnotes

    Index