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

Paperback | March 1, 1997

byStephen J. Pyne

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From prehistory to the present-day conservation movement, Pyne explores the efforts of successive American cultures to master wildfire and to use it to shape the landscape.

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From prehistory to the present-day conservation movement, Pyne explores the efforts of successive American cultures to master wildfire and to use it to shape the landscape."On rare occasions, the historical literature is enriched by the introduction of a broad new field for study, by a book that dramatically expands the boundaries of s...

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From prehistory to the present-day conservation movement, Pyne explores the efforts of successive American cultures to master wildfire and to use it to shape the landscape.

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:680 pages, 9.03 × 6 × 1.6 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:University Of Washington Press

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ISBN - 10:029597592X

ISBN - 13:9780295975924

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List of IllustrationsForeword by William CrononPreface to the 1997 Paperback EditionPreface to the Original Edition: History with Fire in its eyeAbbreviationsPrologue: The Smoke of TImeNature's FireThe Fire from AsiaThe Fire from EuropeThe Great BarbecueThe Heroic AgeA Continental ExperimentThe Cold War on FireFields of FireEpilogue: The Forbidden FlameBibliographic AbbreviationsNotesBibliographic EssayIndex

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From prehistory to the present-day conservation movement, Pyne explores the efforts of successive American cultures to master wildfire and to use it to shape the landscape."On rare occasions, the historical literature is enriched by the introduction of a broad new field for study, by a book that dramatically expands the boundaries of scholarly investigation. Stephen Pyne's Fire in America is such a book. It achieves the Promethean goal of bringing fire to history". -- Science"Stephen J. Pyne compels our admiration for his gargantuan ambition and richly informed intelligence. He tells us more than anyone else to date has about the role of fire in the landscape, tells us we have been wrong in assuming a pristine state of nature before the white man's invasion, tells us what fire has meant to the rise of civilization and this nation. No one interested in environmental history can afford to ignore this massive achievement". -- Journal of American History

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Stephen J. Pyne compels our admiration for his gargantuan ambition and richly informed intelligence. He tells us more than anyone else to date has about the role of fire in the landscape, tells us we have been wrong in assuming a pristine state of nature before the white man’s invasion, tells us what fire has meant to the rise of civilization and this nation. No one interested in environmental history can afford to ignore this massive achievement. - Journal of American History