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167. Oil: The Making of the Modern World

Tom and Dominic are joined by Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Cambridge, to talk about the incredible influence of oil over the last couple of centuries.

Discussion covers the first oil well ever drilled, how it's hard to overestimate Hitler's obsession with oil, and the formation of OPEC in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis.

Helen's new book 'Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century' is out now.

Catch our second episode with Helen tomorrow, or get it right now by going to!

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Jack Davenport






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