The coordinators of the Special issue section offer readers a series of additional contributions to shed light on a common topic. They combine rigor and readability in an effort to bring historical research to life, as well as to provide a wider audience with the keys needed to understand the past and through it—whether directly or indirectly—the present.
Labour and social protection in the Romanian oil industry during the Interwar
This paper analyses employee needs in the Romanian oil industry during the interwar period. Three distinct periods will be explored: the aftermath of the First World War, the economic crisis of 1929-1933, and the outbreak of the Second World War.
Manual and Electrical Energies in the Visualisation of “Electrical Calcutta”, c. 1890-1925
Through examinations of domestic servants in electrical advertisements and writings this article looks at the imaginations and realities of visions of an “Electrical Calcutta” at the turn of the twentieth century.
Invisible no more: women’s work in the oil and gas industry
The oil and gas industry is generally imagined as a prototypical ‘men’s world’, with the multifaceted work women have performed largely invisible. This is being rectified by growing research on women workers in the industry.
Resource Imperialism and Resistance: Labour, Security and Social Reproduction after Iranian Oil Nationalisation
The Iranian oil nationalisation crisis, which ended in the coup that overthrew nationalist prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, is well known.
Electricity, modernity and tradition during Irish rural electrification, 1940-1970
The arrival of widespread domestic electricity in rural Ireland was spread over two decades in the 1950s and 1960s, where the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) rolled out an electrical grid across the State.
Oil pricing and the challenge of an Arab oil trans-nationalism: Abdallah al-Tariqi and Arab oil globalization
Economics was a major field of struggle for anti-imperialist oil experts and activists.
Contested Sovereignties: Oil, Labour and the Saharan Frontier, 1956-66
Emerging in the midst of a painful war of independence and deeply intertwined with the contested claims to territorial and economic sovereignty, the Algerian oil industry, and its labour force, occupied a unique place at the forefront of the Algerian decolonisation process.
From the Can to the Pump: The Sale of Petrol in the Provinces and its Contestation (Côte-d’Or, 1877-1939)
This article sheds light on the arrival of petroleum in France, and more specifically in the Côte-d’Or department.