The Role of Less Developed Countries in World Resource Use

  • Paul Rogers
Part of the Frontiers in Human Ecology book series (FHE)


A common feature of past empires has been the transfer of resources from the periphery to the centre, the conquered peoples providing the raw materials and other resources needed to maintain the imperial power in its accustomed state. In the past, resources as diverse as grains, spices, salt, precious metals, gems and fruit have flowed to the centres of empires with, until very recently, slave labour being the most important resource of all.


Natural Rubber Producer Power Rock Phosphate Commodity Price Imperial Power 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Table 1 and figures in text taken from “World Development Handbook” by Juliet Clifford and Gavin Osmond, Overseas Development Institute/Charles Knight Ltd., London, 1971.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Table 2 adapted from “Problems of Raw Materials and Development” UNCTAD Document TD/B/488, UNCTAD, Geneva, 1974.Google Scholar
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    “Gainers and Losers in the 1973 Commodity Boom: Developing Countries Prospects to 1980” by Angus Hone, ODI Review, No 1, 1974. London.Google Scholar
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    Information for Table 4 and text discussion supplied by courtesy of the Commodities Division of UNCTAD.Google Scholar
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    Data for Table 5 from three sources: P R and A H Ehrlich, “Population, Resources, Environment”. W H Freeman, 1972. “Optimistic Report on World Resources” Financial Times, 21 March 1974. D L and D H Meadows, “Towards Global Equilibrium: collected papers”, Wright-Allen Press, 1973.Google Scholar
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    “Survey of Morocco,” Financial Times, May 1974.Google Scholar
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    “OPEC as a Model for Other Mineral Exporters” by Cres Barker and Bill Page, in Institute of Development Studies Bulletin, Volume 6 Number 2, October 1974, Sussex, England.Google Scholar
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    World Commodity Report, Number 28, 23 July 1975.Google Scholar
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    World Commodity Report, Number 17, 29 April 1975.Google Scholar
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    World Commodity Report, Number 25, 25 June 1975.Google Scholar
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    From “The Politics of Scarcity” by Philip Connelly and Robert Perlman, Oxford University Press, 1975.Google Scholar
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    Financial Times, 16 September 1975.Google Scholar
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    World Commodity Report, Number 33, 27 August 1975.Google Scholar
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    World Commodity Report, Number 15, 16 April 1975.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

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