Burning Bush: A Fire History of Australia

Paperback | July 1, 1998

byStephen J. Pyne

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Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, from its influence on vegetation to its use by Aborigines and European settlers."Mr. Pyne, showing what a historian deeply schooled in environmental science can contribute to our awareness of nature and culture, has produced a provocative work that is a major contribution to the literature of environmental studies."—New York Times Book Review

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Author Stephen Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, from its influence on vegetation to its use by Aborigines and European settlers. "Stephen Pyne is a great storyteller, and here he weaves as fine a tale as one could imagine about a phenomenon as seemingly ordinary as fire".--NATURAL HISTORY. A Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book....

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Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, from its influence on vegetation to its use by Aborigines and European settlers."Mr. Pyne, showing what a historian deeply schooled in environmental science can contribute to our awareness of nature and culture, has produced a provocative work that is a major contribution to the literature o...

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Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, showing that it has been a powerful environmental determinant, shaping both social and natural histories.

Stephen J. Pyne is a professor at Arizona State University. The author of ten acclaimed books on environmental history, he won the 1995 "Los Angeles Times'" Robert Kirsch Award for his career contribution to arts & letters. He lives in Glendale, Arizona.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:548 pages, 9.28 × 6.12 × 1.32 inPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Washington Press

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ISBN - 10:0295976772

ISBN - 13:9780295976778

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Foreword by William CrononPreface to the 1998 Paperback EditionPreface to the Original Edition: Firestick HistoryMap of AustraliaMap of Australia's VegetationPrologue: Dust to DustBOOK ONE: THE EUCALYPTThe Universal AustralianUnemaginable Freaks of Fire: Profile of a PyrophyteRed Centre: Fire Regimes of Old AustraliaLand of ContrariesBOOK TWO: THE ABORIGINEFlaming FrontFierstick Farmer: Profile of a PyrophileFires of the DreamingSmokes by Day, Fires by Night: Fire Regimes of Aboriginal AustraliaThis Wonderful Depository of FireBOOK THREE: THE EUROPEANEntwining FireReconnaissance by Fire: Education of a PyrophileRed Steer and Green PickBeyond the Black StumpFire ConservancyBurning Off: Fire Provinces of European AustraliaWhen the Billy BoiledBOOK FOUR: THE NEW AUSTRALIANThe Two FiresAntipodean Fire: The Australian StrategyWild Bush, Urban Bush: Fire Regimes in New AustraliaEpilogue: Ashes to AshesNotesBibliographic EssayIndex

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Author Stephen Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, from its influence on vegetation to its use by Aborigines and European settlers. "Stephen Pyne is a great storyteller, and here he weaves as fine a tale as one could imagine about a phenomenon as seemingly ordinary as fire".--NATURAL HISTORY. A Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book. 14 photos.

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Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, from its influence on vegetation to its use by Aborigines and European settlers."Mr. Pyne, showing what a historian deeply schooled in environmental science can contribute to our awareness of nature and culture, has produced a provocative work that is a major contribution to the literature of environmental studies."—New York Times Book ReviewAborigines and eucalyptuses in effect worked together to make Australia one of the premier firescapes of the planet. Even today the burning bush remains a perennial challenge on the vast island continent. - William Cronon, from the Foreword