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Sustainable Development

R. S. Deese

in International Relations

ISBN: 9780199743292
Published online March 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199743292-0011
Sustainable Development

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Although sustainable development emerged as a distinct discipline only in the last quarter of the 20th century, it addresses a very old question: How do human societies advance their economic aspirations without exhausting their natural resources and despoiling the web of life on which they depend? This question has become a matter of great concern in the industrial age, but it has been a recurring problem for human communities at least since the advent of agriculture, and quite likely since the first deliberate use of fire for hunting and clearing forests in the Pleistocene. Given the relative youth of the discipline in connection with the long-standing problems it addresses, this bibliography supplements the most prominent institutional publications on sustainable development with sources that highlight the historical context of the field and explore its legal, cultural, and religious dimensions. This bibliography then outlines the literature pertaining to sustainable development on a regional and global basis, before concluding with a survey of journals and websites relevant to the field.

Article.  10062 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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