July 1, 2019

I have just attended the 10th Annual Conference of the European Oil and Gas Archives Network (EOGAN), in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, May 23rd-24th 2019. Hosted in the corporate archive of the Italian oil company, ENI, the conference’s theme was “Energy and audio-visual her...

May 30, 2019

The Journal of Energy History / Revue d’histoire de l’énergie (JEHRHE) is an online and open access academic journal dedicated to all aspects of the history of energy. It is the first of its kind in French- or English-language academia, publishing articles in various f...


Few international organizations have seen their reputations change as dramatically over the last several decades as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). During the energy crisis of the 1970s, OPEC was widely thought to exert immense power over the...

May 30, 2016

Original post for the Inequality and History Network at the University of Cambridge


We are used to think of oil in relation to war, poverty, and extreme inequality. But up until the 1970s, it was considered as a fundamental opportunity for global development.


“One of...

May 5, 2016

Article for the Italian online journal "404 - File Not Found"


​​Gira molto materiale online, su Facebook e altro, riguardo al fondatore dell’Eni Enrico Mattei. In particolare, siti come tzetze e il blog di Beppe Grillo dedicano molto inchiostro elettronico e meme in ri...

April 14, 2016

Few resources in history have been surrounded by as many myths as oil; only the obsession for gold in the mercantile era can perhaps be compared to the quest for hydrocarbons that has predominated since the twentieth century.


Review published for H-Energy, full text he...

By end of the 1950s, the petroleum industry came to be characterised by an overcapacity to produce. The most significant factor causing overproduction was the high number of global oil discoveries in the 1950s, but it was also a by-product of the coming of age of explo...

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