World Fire

The Culture of Fire on Earth

Stephen J. Pyne

  • $29.95s paperback (9780295975931) Add to Cart
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  • Published: 1997 (orig. pub. 1995)
  • Subject Listing: Environmental History, World Geography
  • Bibliographic information: 408 pp., illus., bibliog., index
  • Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books: Cycle of Fire
  • Contents

World Fire is the story of how fire and humans have coevolved. The two are inseperable, and together they have repeatedly remade the planet.

“Stephen J. Pyne writes about fire as if he were on fire, with searing, consuming heat and light. When he looks at fire he sees not biological catastrophe but social illumination and natural renewal...This book will change the way you view fire - and the way you see us routinely fighting it.” - Seattle Times

“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
Foreword by William Cronon
Preface to the 1997 Paperback Edition
The New World Order on Fire
Firestick History; or, How to Set the World on Fire
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)
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
Consumed by Either Fire or Fire
Flame and Fortune
Notes and Additional Reading
Illustration sources and credits