Recommended reading in energy features the books and articles I have found most useful in my own research into energy – broadly defined to include production, consumption, transportation, technology, trading, risk management, economic history and economic geography. The bibliography started out as an aide memoire and in response to requests for recommendations on particular topics. I update the list quarterly. It has since grown very large so I have created a contents page with internal links to each section. The selection is inevitably personal. But the main criteria are that I have actually read the work, found the information and analysis useful and insightful in some way, and that it is (usually) well-written. I hope you find it useful.
The energy bibliography contains the books and articles I have found useful in my own research on energy – defined broadly to include production, consumption, transportation, markets and pricing, but also risk management, technology, elements of economic history and geography, international relations and strategy. The bibliography started out as an aide-memoire and in response to requests for recommendations on particular topics. It has since grown very large so I have introduced an index page with hyperlinking. I update the list every three months with new items.
The selection is a personal one. These are books and articles I have found most useful and insightful (and well-written in most cases). The latest version contains a lot of new entries about the rise of the coal industry in Britain, including changes in mining technology, transportation, market management, cartels, the economy and society. The expansion of the coal industry provides a lot of lessons about the oil industry in later centuries as well as some of the industries emerging rapidly in the 21st century.
The latest version can be downloaded here:
The energy bibliography contains the books and articles on energy-related topics I have found most interesting and useful in my own research and that have had the biggest influence on my own thinking. Energy is defined broadly to include economic history, technology, production, consumption, transport, markets, risk management and a host of other themes. The bibliography started as an aide-memoire (I have a terrible memory) and in response to requests from correspondents for recommendations on particular topics. It has since grown very large. To make it easier to use, I have included an index with internal hyperlinks to the relevant sections.
I update the list once a quarter. The latest version has a new section (WWW) on monopolies and cartels, focusing on the repeated attempts to monopolise the coal trade in England between 1580s and the 1840s, which foreshadowed many of the techniques and challenges that have faced modern commodity cartels. The bibliography can be downloaded here: