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Author Singer, Clifford.

Title Energy and international war : from Babylon to Baghdad and beyond / Clifford E. Singer
Published New Jersey : World Scientific, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 434 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series World Scientific series on energy and resource economics ; v. 6. 1793-4184
World Scientific series on energy and resource economics ; v. 6. 1793-4184
Contents pt. 1. From Hammurabi to Napoleon -- Just a commodity -- Slaves, gold, and silver -- Sources of conflict until the concert of Europe -- pt. 2. Coal and non-energy minerals -- Steamer coal in the colonial era -- Franco-Prussian War sets the stage -- Coal and iron in the Great War -- Coal in Asia before WWII -- Coal, steel, customs, and the EU -- Conflict over other solid mineral resources -- An End to cross-border warfare over solid minerals? -- pt. 3. Oil -- Oil and commerce -- Oil from WWI to WWII -- Oil and World War II -- Before the Iran-Iraq War -- Iran and Iraq -- Gulf War I -- Sanctions and inspections -- Iraq after 9/11/01 -- Oil and war -- pt. 4. Uranium, natural gas, and renewables -- France and uranium -- French neocolonialism in Africa -- Natural gas resources and transport -- Liquefied natural gas and security developments -- Hydropower -- Other renewable resources -- It's about oil -- pt. 5. The Future -- Troubled products -- Uncoordinated consumers -- Spoilers -- Transition to sustainability
Summary "Will international wars where energy resources play a central role continue to hold sway over life and death for industrialized nations, or is this a transient phase in the evolution of industrial societies? This book answers this question by tracing the history of energy and conflict from antiquity through the epic hot and cold wars of the twentieth century, to expected outcome of the war in Iraq. It points the way to the end of wars over control of fossil fuels, and demonstrates why these may be the last major international wars over other resources as well. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the future of energy use or international conflict. Readers will find in it an illuminating overview of the sweep of historical events. The book further provides a compelling explanation of how a thorough understanding of the evolutionary direction of these events challenges the conventional wisdom that resource wars are endemic to the nature of industrial society, thus offering a fresh view on one of the most important challenges of our time"--Page 4 of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-419) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Energy industries -- Political aspects.
Natural resources -- Political aspects.
Power resources -- Political aspects.
Security, International -- Economic aspects.
Strategic materials -- Political aspects.
World politics -- 20th century.
World politics -- 21st century.
Middle East -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Middle East -- History, Military -- 21st century.
Genre/Form Military history.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010290049
ISBN 9789812791597 (electronic bk.)
9812791590 (electronic bk.)