The invention of sustainability

Warde, Paul (2011) The invention of sustainability. Modern Intellectual History, 8 (1). pp. 153-170. ISSN 1479-2451

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This essay attempts something a little peculiar: a study of the genesis of a concept within discourses which did not, in fact, use the word. This is at least true of “sustainability” in English. The emergence of the German equivalent, Nachhaltigkeit, which might also be expressed by the idea of “lasting-ness”, is, however, usually dated to the use of the word nachhalthende by Hanns Carl von Carlowitz in his Sylvicultura oeconomica of 1713, the first great forestry manual of the eighteenth century. In fact, the term can be found in the 1650s.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 14:13
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2024 01:20
DOI: 10.1017/S1479244311000096

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