Fire: A Brief History
Document Type: Book
Author(s): Stephen J. Pyne
Publication Year: 2001

Cataloging Information

  • aboriginal burning
  • agricultural fires
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FRAMES Record Number: 56923


Here, in one concise book, is the essential story of fire. Noted environmental historian Stephen J. Pyne describes the evolution of fire through prehistoric and historic times down to the present, examining contemporary attitudes from a long-range, informed perspective. Fire: A Brief History surveys the principles behind aboriginal and agricultural fire practices, the characteristics of urban fire, and the relationship between controlled combustion and technology. Pyne describes how fire's role in cities, suburbs, exurbs, and wildlands has been shaped by an industrialized, urban way of thinking.

Online Link(s):
Pyne, Stephen J. 2001. Fire: A Brief History. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. 224 p.