Crude Britannia: How Oil Shaped a Nation (Hardcover)

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Taking the reader on a journey through North East Scotland, Merseyside, South Wales, the Thames Estuary and London, this is the story of Britain’s oil-soaked past, present and future. Travelling the country, the authors discover how the financial power and political muscle of an industry built the culture of a nation from pop music to kitchen appliances, and how companies constructed an empire, extracting the wealth of the world from Iran to Nigeria and Alaska.

Today, the tide seems to be going out – Britain’s refineries have been quietly closed, the North Sea oilfields are declining and wind farms are being built in their place. As the country painfully shifts into its new post-industrial role in the shadow of Covid, Brexit and the climate crisis, many believe the age of oil to be over. But is it?

Speaking to oil company executives and traders, as well as refinery workers, filmmakers and musicians, activists and politicians, the authors put real people at the heart of a compelling story.

About the Author

James Marriott is the co-author of The Oil Road (Verso, 2012) and The Next Gulf (Constable, 2005).

Terry Macalister is the former Energy Editor of the Guardian.

Praise For…

'Tells you all you need to know about oil's part in the industrialisation and deindustrialisation of Britain - how lives were built, how they were destroyed and how we now need to urgently build a green, just and sustainable economy'
Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

'Dripping with delicious detail'
Aditya Chakrabortty, 'Guardian' journalist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780745341095
ISBN-10: 0745341098
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: May 20th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English