Book Review by Thomas Cavanna: Oil and the Great Powers: Britain and Germany, 1914–1945, by Anand Toprani. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019

By Thomas Cavanna

This award-winning book written by Anand Toprani, Associate Professor at the Naval War College, examines the strategies that Britain and Germany developed during the years of 1918 to 1945 to restore their energy independence (as opposed to energy security, i.e., importing oil at reasonable prices), and how those efforts caused an “overextension” that accelerated London and Berlin’s “demise as great powers.”

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