Description

World Fire

The Culture of Fire on Earth

Stephen J. Pyne

  • $29.95s paperback (9780295975931) Add to Cart
  • hardcover not available
  • Published: 1997
  • Subject Listing: History / Environmental History; Environmental Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 408 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books
  • Contents

Back in PrintWorld Fire is the story of how fire and humans have coevolved. The two are inseparable, and together they have repeatedly remade the planet."Pyne considers the evolution of fire in such diverse regions as Australia, Africa, Brazil, Sweden, Greece, Iberia, Russia, and India and then ponders Antarctica, the land without fire. As he examines changing techniques for and attitudes toward fire control, Pyne challenges our concepts of nature and wilderness and explains why the study and management of fire have tremendous environmental, cultural, and political implications."-Booklist"A sweeping historical treatise that examines our world's love/hate relationship with conflagration. His engrossing ideas leave bright embers in the memory."-Outside
Contents
Foreword by William Cronon
Preface to the 1997 Paperback Edition
SMOKE REPORT
The New World Order on Fire
SIZE-UP
Firestick History; or, How to Set the World on Fire
HOTSPOTTING
Fire Flume (Australia)
Veld Fire (South Africa)
Queimada Para Limpeza (Brazil)
Svedjebruk (Sweden)
Greek Fire (Greece)
La Nueva Reconquista (Iberia)
Red Skies of Irkutsk (Russia)
Nataraja (India)
White Darkness (Antarctica)
CONTROL
American Fire
- Initial Attac: The U.S. Forest Service Fights Fire
- Coldtrailing
Wilderness Fire
- Vestal Fires and Virgin Lands
- The SUmmer We Let Wild Fire Loose
Intermix Fire
- The Fire This Time
- Nouvelle Southwest
MOP-UP
Consumed by Either Fire or Fire
AFTER THE LAST SMOKE
Flame and Fortune
Notes and Additional Reading
Index
Illustration sources and credits
Reviews

"Pyne considers the evolution of fire in such diverse regions as Australia, Africa, Brazil, Sweden, Greece, Iberia, Russia, and India and then ponders Antarctica, the land without fire. As he examines changing techniques for and attitudes toward fire control, Pyne challenges our concepts of naturre and wilderness and explains why the study and management of fire have tremendous environmental, cultural, and political implications."
-Booklist