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A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New by F. William Engdahl

By F. William Engdahl

This ebook is a gripping account of the murky global of the foreign oil and its function in international politics. Scandals approximately oil are established to such a lot people. From George W. Bush's election victory to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US politics and oil get pleasure from a controversially shut dating. the USA economic climate depends the inexpensive and limitless provide of this unmarried gas. William Engdahl takes the reader via a background of the oil industry's grip at the international financial system. His revelations are startling.

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The company was named the Anatolian Railway Company, and included Austrian and Italian shareholders as well as a small British shareholding. Work on the railway proceeded so well that the section was completed ahead of schedule and construction was further extended south to Konia. By 1896, a rail line was open from Berlin to Konia, deep in the Turkish interior of the Anatolian highlands, a stretch of some 1,000 Engdahl 01 chap01 22 24/8/04 8:17:53 am A Global Fight for Control of Petroleum Begins 23 kilometers of new rail in a space of less than eight years in an economically desolate area.

In 1890, he wrote: The railroad is like a leaven which creates a cultural fermentation among the population. Even if it is passed through an absolutely wild people along the way, it would raise them in a short time to the level requisite for its operation. A central part of Witte’s plan was to develop peaceful and productive relations with China, independent of British control of China’s ports Engdahl 01 chap01 32 24/8/04 8:17:57 am A Global Fight for Control of Petroleum Begins 33 and sea-lanes, through the overland openings which the Siberian rail line would facilitate.

The German campaign in Romania, under Field Marshal von Mackensen, had the priority of reorganizing into a single combine, Steaua Romana, the previously English, Dutch, French and Romanian oil-refining, production and pipeline capacities. Romania during the course of the war was the only secure German petroleum supply for her entire air force, tank forces, and U-boat fleet. The British campaign in the Dardanelles, the disastrous defeat at Gallipoli, was undertaken to secure the oil supplies of the Russian Baku for the Anglo-French war effort.

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