Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books

Cycle of Fire

Edited by Paul Sutter, Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado - Boulder.

Founding editor: William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Cycle of Fire is a suite of books that collectively narrate the story of how fire and humanity have interacted to shape the Earth. "Cycle" is an apt description of how fire functions in the natural world. Yet "cycle" also bears a mythic connotation: a set of sagas that tell the life of a culture hero. Here that role belongs to fire. Ranging across all continents and over thousands of years, the Cycle shows Earth to be a fire planet in which carbon-based terrestrial life and an oxygen-rich atmosphere have combined to make combustion both elementary and inevitable. Equally, the Cycle reveals humans as fire creatures, alternately dependent upon and threatened by their monopoly over combustion. Fire's possession began humanity's great dialogue with the Earth. Cycle of Fire tells, for the first time, that epic story.

World Fire: The Culture of Fire on Earth

by Stephen J. Pyne

Vestal Fire: An Environmental History, Told through Fire, of Europe and Europe's Encounter with the World

by Stephen J. Pyne

Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire

by Stephen J. Pyne

Burning Bush: A Fire History of Australia

by Stephen J. Pyne

The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica

by Stephen J. Pyne

Fire: A Brief History

by Stephen J. Pyne

Also available:

Awful Splendour: A Fire History of Canada

by Stephen J. Pyne

Books without links are listed as out of print with the University of Washington Press.