Latin American History Seminar: The Commercial and Political Dynamics of the Crude Oil Industry: the Case of the Royal Dutch – Shell Group in Venezuela, 1913-1924
Brian McBeth was trained as an economist and holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies and a doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford. He is a former director of Schroder Securities Ltd and worked as a stockbroker in the City of London between 1979 and 2008 specialising in oil companies. He has written extensively on oil, privatization and Venezuela over the years. His first book was Juan Vicente Gómez and the Oil Companies in Venezuela, 1908-1935 (Cambridge University Press, 1983). This was followed by British Oil Policy, 1919-1939 (1983). In the same year together with William M Sullivan he published, Petroleum in Venezuela ‑ A bibliography. He is also the author of Colombia (London, Euromoney Books, 1993); Venezuela. The Way Forward (1994), and Global Privatizations: A Strategic Report (1996); Gunboats, Corruption and Claim: Foreign Intervention in Venezuela, 1899-1908 (Greenwood Press, USA 2001); Dictatorship & Politics: Intrigue, Betrayal and Survival in Venezuela, 1908 – 1935 (University of Notre Dame Press, USA, 2008); and La Política Petrolera Venezolana: Una perspectiva histórica, 1922-2005 (Caracas: Universidad Metropolitana, 2015). McBeth is currently working a major study on the 1943 Venezuelan oil law as well as a separate study on the Venezuelan oil concessionaires during the Gómez dictatorship. He is a Senior Common Room Member at St Antony’s College.