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Empires of Oil: Corporate Oil in Barbarian Worlds by Duncan Clarke

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Introduction

A complex global oil game is afoot, one that has always been there and is now, more than ever, in the mind of the public at large. It is contested by many parties including corporate oil, nation states, governments and national oil companies. They have been joined in the game by a plethora of private and social interests, more or less organised, each either holding or claiming a stake in the world oil patrimony.

Changes within and around the oil industry form a vast dance from which the future of our societies will emerge. Understanding the pattern of this dance is crucial to understanding the world’s economic, political and social futures. The task of this book is to provide new perspectives with which to interpret the dance. ...

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