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Introduction: the political economy of international oil Part I. In a Rising Tide of Nationalism: 1. 'The structure and sinews of the Company' 2. Management and culture 3. The Suez crisis 4. 'Our aim and policy the energetic search for new sources of crude oil' 5. Finance and the British government Part II. Under Pressure from the Producers: 6. The advent of OPEC 7. The political balancing act 8. The 'Holy Grail' of exploration 9. The push for outlets ... 10. ... and more outlets 11. Refining and shipping 12. Financial strains 13. The managerial hierarchy Part III. Diversifications: 14. Alliances in petrochemicals 15. Integration in petrochemicals 16. Computing 17. Nutrition Part IV: OPEC Takes Control: 18. 'An avalanche of escalating demands' 19. The end of an era Retrospect and conclusion.