If this project has raised your interest in Venezuela, this page offers some of the best English-language sources to continue learning more.
If you are interested in residential oil camps and US influence in Venezuela, I highly recommend Miguel Tinker Salas’s The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society.
For more on oil's early conflicts with Venezuelan labor, I recommend Jaime Olivares's PhD dissertation, "The Creation of a Labor Aristocracy: The History of the Oil Workers in Maracaibo, Venezuela, 1925-1948." (Note: requires ProQuest access.)
For more primary sources, you can start with Maracaibo Oil Brat, written by Susan Berman, who also contributed her story to this project.
For other English language works on Venezuela, I recommend beginning with the following:
The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela, by Fernando Coronil. A Venezuelan who was a professor at the University of Chicago, Coronil brings an anthropologist’s understanding to the formation of the state. Many of the works on modern Venezuela, particularly those written in Spanish, have drawn on his interdisciplinary approach.
Comandante: Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, by Rory Carroll. A story of the corruption of the Chavez era from a journalist’s perspective. An interesting read that goes by very quickly, yet is both powerful and substantial.
Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know. This collection, co-edited by Miguel Tinker Salas, is essentially a compilation of academic papers, each providing a new perspective on a certain facet of modern Venezuela.
If you are considering doing research on the subject matter discussed on this website, I highly encourage you to do so, and to use the histories included here to help you.
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