Message from discussion Summer 1914- Would the nice guy finish last? Part I - United Kingdom
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From: Bradipus <ahem-a...@never.mind.it>
Subject: Re: Summer 1914- Would the nice guy finish last? Part I - United Kingdom
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The Horny Goat, 07:33, domenica 18 novembre 2012:
> On Sat, 17 Nov 2012 10:49:39 -0600, Rich Rostrom
> <rrostrom.21stcent...@rcn.com> wrote:
>>Bradipus <ahem-a...@never.mind.it> wrote:
>>> Don't forget Libyan oil.
>>Libya was seized by Italy in 1912.
>>However oil production did not start until
>>at least the 1950s.
> Was oil even known to exist in Libya before the late 1940s?
> This would be news to me - and significant oil production in
> the 1930s would certainly have had an effect during 1940-45...
FWIK Italian geologist Ardito Desio found something during his
explorations but that discovery remained limited to the
I don't think Italy had yet the proper technology to exploit
whatever was found.
It was Enrico Mattei that after the war pushed hard (maybe too
hard) towards oil independance from foreign companies, even
opposing government intentions.