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The Oil Wars Myth: Petroleum and the Causes of International Conflict

Emily Meierding

Abstract

Do countries fight wars for oil? Given the resource's exceptional military and economic importance, most people assume that states will do anything to obtain it. Challenging this conventional wisdom, the book reveals that countries do not launch major conflicts to acquire petroleum resources. The book argues that the costs of foreign invasion, territorial occupation, international retaliation, and damage to oil company relations deter even the most powerful countries from initiating “classic oil wars.” Examining a century of interstate violence, the book demonstrates that, at most, countries h ... More

Keywords: oil wars, foreign invasion, territorial occupation, international retaliation, oil company relations, international conflicts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501748288
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501748288.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Meierding, author
Naval Postgraduate School