EGEE 120
Oil: International Evolution

Lesson 6 Readings


Reading Assignments for Lesson 6

Students are to read three chapters of the text - The Prize and The Quest. Sections not listed are optional readings.

Chapter 18 - Japan's Achilles' Heel

Sections to Read

  • The Battle of the Marus: The War of Attrition
  • "No Sense in Saving the Fleet"
  • The End of the Imperial Navy
  • A Fight to the Finish?

Major Themes to Ponder as You Read

  • Japan’s Attack on East Indies after Pearl Harbor.
  • The Battles in the Pacific.
  • Supply lines can be long and difficult to defend.
  • Japan runs out of oil for which it went to war, leading to defeat.

Chapter 19 - The Allies’ War

Sections to Read

  • Introduction
  • The Oil Czar: The Mobilization of American Supply
  • Trial by Sea: The Battle of the Atlantic
  • Domestic Push
  • Innovation
  • The "Unforgiving Minute"

Major Themes to Ponder as You Read

  • International cooperation in oil allocation.
  • First full scale gasoline rationing.
  • Growing concern about supply.
  • Mobility was critical in Allies' advance.
  • Importance of supply lines to war Generals.

Chapter 20 - The New Center of Gravity

Sections to Read

  • Introduction
  • "We're Running out of Oil"
  • "The Policy of "Solidification"
  • "A Wrangle About Oil"
  • Quotas and Cartels

Major Themes to Ponder as You Read

  • America fueled most of World War II.
  • Growing sense − dominance not last.
  • Oil Gulf of Mexico / Caribbean.
  • Middle East new center.
  • Evident during the war − positioning for post-war order.
  • American roots in Saudi Arabia took hold during WWII.

From text - The Quest

Chapter 14 - Shifting Sands in the Persian Gulf

Section to Read

  • The Center of Gravity of the World Oil

Major Themes to Ponder as You Read

  • Modern review of the shift of oil power.