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Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire (Cycle of Fire)

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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

This unusual and imaginative work takes a phenomenon that seems at first glance to be so elemental as to have no history and no evolution, and gives it a dynamic role in the drama of American advance from frontier through agricultural to industrial society. By integrating the history of fire with ecology, agriculture, logging, and resource management, Pyne has made a unique contribution to the history of science and technology, as well as to cultural history in general. --Isis

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

Book News Annotation:

When first published in 1982, this work was one of the most remarkable scholarly projects ever undertaken by an America historian: a systematic rewriting of U.S. history that put fire at the center of the narrative. 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. He informs readers about the role of fire in the landscape, and discusses what fire has meant to the rise of civilization and this nation.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.<P>"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<P>"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

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [618]-626) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295975924
Foreword:
Cronon, William
Author:
Cronon, William
Foreword by:
Cronon, William
Foreword:
Cronon, William
Author:
Pyne, Stephen J.
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Location:
Seattle :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Forests & Forestry
Subject:
Fires
Subject:
Forest fires
Subject:
Wildfires
Subject:
Fires -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Wildfires -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Western History
Subject:
Environmental History
Edition Number:
Pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Pbk Paperback
Series:
Cycle of Fire
Series Volume:
t. 27
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
680
Dimensions:
9.30x6.14x1.56 in. 2.07 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.<P>"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<P>"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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