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Black Gold and Blackmail: Oil and Great Power Politics

Rosemary A. Kelanic


This book seeks to explain why great powers adopt such different strategies to protect their oil access from politically motivated disruptions. In extreme cases, such as Imperial Japan in 1941, great powers fought wars to grab oil territory in anticipation of a potential embargo by the Allies; in other instances, such as Germany in the early Nazi period, states chose relatively subdued measures like, oil alliances or domestic policies, to conserve oil. What accounts for this variation? Fundamentally, it is puzzling that great powers fear oil coercion at all because the global market makes oil ... More

Keywords: great powers, oil access, oil territory, oil alliances, oil coercion, oil sanctions, petroleum deficit, disruptibility, coercive vulnerability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501748295
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501748295.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary A. Kelanic, author
University of Notre Dame