David Painter Examines the Relationship with Oil and World Power

At the next National History Center-Woodrow Wilson International Seminar for Scholars weekly “Washington History Seminar,” David S. Painter, Georgetown University will examine the relationship with oil and world power. His lecture, entitled “Oil and World Power” is Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center.

During the twentieth century oil was essential to military power and economic strength, and was thus a key element in determining the relative power of nations. Struggles over oil were an important focus of rivalry among the great powers, and a significant source of conflict between oil-consuming countries and oil-producing nations. Possession of ample domestic supplies and control over access to foreign oil reserves were significant, and often overlooked, elements in the hegemonic position of the United States to its rivals.

Click here for a video of his presentation.

David S. Painter teaches international history at Georgetown University. His publications include Oil and the American Century (1986), Origins of the Cold War (co-editor, 1994), and The Cold War (1999). He is currently working on a study of oil and world power in the twentieth century.

Reservations are requested because of limited seating. To reserve a seat at the seminar, contact Miriam Cunningham at 202-544-2422 ext 103 or email. The seminar takes place at the Wilson Center, located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center. Wm. Roger Louis and Christian Ostermann are the co-directors. The seminar meets weekly during the academic year, January to May and September to December. Click here for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as videos and podcasts. The seminar is grateful for the support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.