Latin American History Seminar: Venezuelan Oil Policy: A Historical Perspective, 1922 – 2005
Brian S McBeth 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 (Frank Cass & Co. ,1983). In the same year together with William M Sullivan he published, Petroleum in Venezuela ‑ A bibliography ( G.K. Hall & Co.Boston). In 1993, he published Colombia (London, Euromoney Books), followed by Venezuela. The Way Forward (Euromoney Books) in 1994, and Global Privatizations: A Strategic Report (Euromoney Books), in 1996. In 2001, his book on the Cipriano Castro dictatorship in Venezuela, Gunboats, Corruption and Claim: Foreign Intervention in Venezuela, 1899-1908 was published by Greenwood Press in the USA. In 2008, his book on the relationship between the Gómez dictatorship and the political exiles, Dictatorship & Politics: Intrigue, Betrayal and Survival in Venezuela, 1908 – 1935 was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in the USA. His latest book La Política Petrolera Venezolana: Una perspectiva histórica, 1922-2005, was published earlier this year in Caracas by the Universidad Metropolitana. 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.