The Prize - Oil, Money and Power
The History of the Oil Industry

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8 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Our Plan
The first wells and entrepreneurs are the foundation on which the enormous oil industry will be built.
Episode 2 Empires of Oil
Standard Oil, through the ruthlessness of Rockefeller, became a far reaching and monopolistic empire of oil
Episode 3 The Black Giant
The introduction of the internal combustion engine and the expansion of roads across the country led to more demand on oil supply
Episode 4 War and Oil
Oil becomes a strategic resource in the Second World War, starting with a US embargo that cut off Japanese oil supplies after their invasion of Indochina
Episode 5 Crude Diplomacy
Following World War II and questions about future oil supplies, the Allied nations move towards friendly relationships with a growing oil power, Saudi Arabia
Episode 6 Power to the Producers
The growth of the suburbs and car culture was fueled by oil surplus and low prices, but those conditions were threatened as oil producing nations began to fight back against…
Episode 7 The Prize: The Tinderbox
A conference in Tehran brings OPEC nations to the table with oil companies, allowing the nations to have a say in setting the price of oil. This power was used…
Episode 8 New Order of Oil
As concerns of oil supply lead producers and politicians to look for other domestic oil sources, oil companies also face incredible environmental scrutiny after the Exxon Valdez tanker catastrophe.

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Our Plan
The first wells and entrepreneurs are the foundation on which the enormous oil industry will be built.
Empires of Oil
Standard Oil, through the ruthlessness of Rockefeller, became a far reaching and monopolistic empire of oil
Power to the Producers
The growth of the suburbs and car culture was fueled by oil surplus and low prices, but those conditions were threatened as oil producing nations began to fight back against oil companies operating with impunity, culminating in the formation of OPEC
New Order of Oil
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