Burning Bush

Burning Bush : A Fire History of Australia

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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 Reviewshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 548 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • University of Washington Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 15 illus.
  • 0295976772
  • 9780295976778
  • 403,046

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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.show more

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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 * 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 * This is a phenomenal piece of research and writing, an epic that moves from prehistoric geology to contemporary firefighting theory and draws on an array of natural and social sciences to do so. This is geographical writing at its best and most exhaustive and will intrigue anyone interested in Australia, the environment or human civilization. * San Francisco Chronicle *show more

Table of contents

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 EssayIndexshow more

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