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- DescriptionThe petroleum industry is among the most lucrative and most important in the world, and its impact within the realm of international politics is tremendous (although it can be overstated). Taking a well-balanced and objective approach to the complicated web of political and ecomic threads that make up the fabric of the oil industry, Falola and Geva introduce the most salient aspects in clear language, offering cogent and up-to-date information about the countries, companies, international organizations, and people who shape the contemporary history of the black gold. The relationship of international politics and the global oil industry affects everyone but is understood by few. Taking a well-balanced and objective approach to deconstructing this intricate web for those unfamiliar with the industry, Falola and Geva introduce the major players in the field, offering cogent and up-to-date information about the countries, companies, organizations, and people who shape the contemporary history of oil. They break down the essentials, describing the discovery process, the different types of oil, and the various processes by which oil gets to the market. Then they provide a brief history of the major oil-producing countries, followed by a discussion of OPEC and international efforts to control the price and supply of oil. After setting the stage, they introduce the most salient political issues that are influenced by oil, namely environmental protection, human rights, and ecomic development. Finally, a look at each of seven major oil exporters-Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela-demonstrates that the black gold can be both a blessing and a curse for the countries that produce it. Despite the need to learn how to exploit alternative energy sources before the oil runs out, we will continue to be dependent on oil for the foreseeable future. Today's oil demands are t only generated by such obvious activities as gassing up our cars or powering our aircraft, but also from the ubiquitous techlogical gadgets that have infiltrated our daily lives. From computer monitors to CDs, from cell phones to the petroleum-generated materials used in our shoes and sweaters, our reliance on oil continues to grow. Because price and supply are highly dependent on political events in distant countries, it is essential for American consumers to understand the intricacies of this complex subject. Falola and Geva demystify the industry and invite us to investigate more deeply this vital resource.
- Author BiographyToyin Falola is the Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. An expert on African history and international politics, he is the author of numerous books, including his memoir, A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt (2004) and The Power of African Cultures (2003). Ann Genova is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her publications include Oil in Nigeria in History in Africa.
- Author(s)Ann Genova,Toyin Falola
- Date of Publication30/09/2005
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight376 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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