The First World Oil War

The First World Oil War

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By Timothy Winegard
Foreword by Sir Hew Strachan
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
World Rights
416 Pages
ISBN 9781487500733
Published Oct 2016
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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. 

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.

Foreword by Sir Hew Strachan


List of Tables

List of Illustrations

Author’s Note: On Words


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



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




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

‘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

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