THE OIL ROAD: JOURNEYS FROM THE CASPIAN SEA TO THE CITY OF LONDON

Platform, with the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, presents a free multimedia event on pipelines, fossil fuel dictators and the book The Oil Road (published in paperback by Verso in September 2013). Includes an extract from the new Oil Road afterword which won’t appear in print until September.

Thursday 25th July 2013, 6.30-8pm. FREE.
Clement’s Hall
Nunthorpe Road
York
YO23 1BW

smoke_plumes_Oil_RoadAbout The Oil Road:

“★★★★★…The Oil Road opens the lid on the often-shady energy economy, weaving absorbing travel reportage into powerful investigative journalism…. If you want to know why oil matters, read this book.” – Time Out (book of the week)

In a unique journey from the oil fields of the Caspian to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe, Platform tracks the concealed routes along which the lifeblood of our economy is pumped. The stupendous wealth of Azerbaijani crude has long inspired dreams of a world remade. From the revolutionary Futurism of Baku in the 1920s to the unblinking Capitalism of modern London, the drive to control oil reserves – and hence people and events – has shattered environments and shaped societies.

In The Oil Road, the human scale of village life in the Caucasus Mountains and the plains of Anatolia is suddenly, and sometimes fatally, confronted by the vast strangeness of the oil corporation BP. Pipelines and tanker routes tie the fraying social democracies of Italy, Austria and Germany to the repressive regimes of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. A web of financial and political institutions in London stitches together the lives of metropolis and village.

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