Oil, Energy, and Power in the 20th Century

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Oil, Energy, and Power

Spring 2022

Taught By: Aaron Jakes

Section: A

CRN: 10981

Credits: 4

This research seminar will examine the many histories of the thick, black liquid that, for better or worse, continues to fuel the world we inhabit. Over the past hundred years, oil has been at the center of historical developments that have reshaped diverse regions of the globe in countless ways, some obvious, others less so. Since at least the end of WWI, the struggle to control flows of oil and the enormous wealth they generate has generated intense and often violent geopolitical rivalries. The complex relationships between newly-formed nation states and their subsoil resources have had a decisive and ongoing influence upon the character of government regimes and political and social movements both within and beyond the major oil-producing countries. The energy derived from oil has shaped the routines of our everyday lives in ways so numerous and profound that they often escape our notice The material processes involved in extracting, refining, and moving oil have transformed both rural and desert landscapes and urban built environments. And the contest over oil revenues has helped to animate ongoing conflicts around religious, ethnic, and national identity. Readings for this course will provide a basic history of oil, with a particular focus on the modern Middle East, as well as an introduction to major works of scholarship that represent a range of approaches to the history and politics of this highly-prized substance. Over the course of the semester, each student will design and complete a research project on a topic, to be chosen in consultation with the instructor, dealing with some aspect of the historical geography of oil, energy, and power

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:26pm 6/29/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 260

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/12/2022