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Fire: Nature and Culture

Stephen J. Pyne

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Reaktion Books
01 November 2012
Mathematics & Sciences; The Earth: natural history general
Fire has been an integral feature of our planet for over 400 million years. It has defined human culture from the beginning; it is something without which we cannot survive. While among the most destructive forces on Earth, fire displays equally tremendous powers of cleansing and renewal. In Fire Stephen J. Pyne offers a succinct survey of fire's long coevolution with humanity. It examines fire's influence on landscapes, art, science and, in recent times, climate. Fire is lavishly illustrated with images rarely reproduced or unseen in the context of fire. It will appeal to general readers curious to understand fire beyond what is seen in the media, and to fire specialists looking for a broadly cultural explanation behind their discipline.
By:   Stephen J. Pyne
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781780230467
ISBN 10:   178023046X
Series:   Nature and Culture
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 November 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen J. Pyne is a Regent's Professor of Environmental History in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. He is the world's leading fire historian and author of many books on the subject of fire, including Fire: A Brief History and Vestal Fire: a Fire History of Europe.

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