A History of Oil










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Episode 33 - The Monster Pipe

The Alyeska consortium builds an 800-mile pipeline across Alaska.

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The hunt is on for Alaskan crude.

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A History of Oil, Episode 31, Inflated Dreams

The long-awaited showdown over Iran unfolds.

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Strange things happen when oil reaches stratospheric heights.

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Cheap oil goes bust, for now.

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Iran's "King of Kings" becomes the Guardian of the Gulf.

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A History of Oil, Episode 27 - The Gladiators

America's need for "gladiators" spells danger for the global economy.

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A History of Oil, Episode 26 - We've Done It

OPEC in a world of cheap oil.

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A History of Oil, Episode 25 - Gentlemen's Agreement

A "gentlemen's agreement" to change the world of oil as we knew it.

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A History of Oil, Episode 24 - Barometer of Power

Venezuela’s hot house of new ideas about oil.

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 A History of Oil, Episode 23 – The Peacock Throne

Operation Ajax and the coup that changed Iran.

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A History of Oil, Episode 22 – The Persian Pivot

Mossadegh wins his fight for nationalization, and Iran loses its democracy.

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New Episodes!

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Mohammed Mossadegh turns the oil world upside down

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This is how a Reich ends, not necessarily with a bang but a shortage.

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Japan's grab for oil ends badly.

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War returns as Hitler's gamble in the East goes horribly wrong.

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A History of Oil, Episode 17 - Going Native

King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia and John Philby alter the oil balance of the planet. 

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A History of Oil, Episode 16 - Filling Up on the Red Line

Mr. Five Percent Draws a Red Line around Arabia, but will this new oil cartel last?

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The sovereignty of oil has finally arrived. And it is going to be a very, brutal reign.

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A History of Oil, Episode 14 - A Sea of Troubles

Winston Churchill’s famous leap into the "sea of troubles” of Persian Oil.

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Turmoil in Persia and the start of British petroleum interests in the Gulf.  


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A History of Oil, Episode 12 - Tale of Two Revolutions: Part I

Russia's Twilight Empire and the first of two revolutions that would reshape the geopolitical map.

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The Texas oil boom opens with a six ton bang at a place called Spindletop.


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A History of Oil, Episode 10 - Long Live the Standard

Like any good thriller, the villain never dies on the first try, allowing Ida Tarbell to pen her revenge.

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A History of Oil, Episode 9 - Antitrust

Ohio strikes a blow against Standard, but some anacondas are hard to kill. 

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A History of Oil, Episode 8 - The Mighty Clam

Shell Oil’s epic blitz of the Far East.


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A History of Oil, Episode 7 - The Black City

The rise of Russian competition. 


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A History of Oil, Episode 6 - Lima Skunk

Standard Oil bites off more than it can chew as a new frontier opens in Northwestern Ohio. historyofoil.typepad.com

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A History of Oil, Episode 5 - Pleasant Harmony

The first long distance pipeline tries to break Rockefeller's grip; but is Pennsylvania’s oil running out? historyofoil.typepad.com


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A History of Oil, Episode 4 - The Anaconda

The rise of Rockefeller and Standard Oil - both will inspire fear, disgust and admiration. historyofoil.typepad.com

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A History of Oil, Episode 3 - The Finger Snappers

The race for oil is underway in Pennsylvania’s great “Oildorado.” historyofoil.typepad.com

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The age of oil blows wide open, as “Colonel” E.L. Drake drills the first well and the first oil glut. historyofoil.typepad.com

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A History of Oil, Episode 1 - The Beginning of the Beginning

From New Orleans to the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company, the age of oil is about to blow wide open. historyofoil.typepad.com

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