Fire: A Brief History

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Jeremy Mills Publishing, 2001 - Fire - 204 pages
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The fate of humanity, like the fate of the earth, is tied to the fires that have made the world as we know it. This book follows the story of fire from prehistoric times to the present. Natural fire existed before human habitation, when lightning put flame on land. Hominids seized that spark and began transforming the Earth to meet their needs and expectations.
  

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I didn't like it. Although I do enjoy history, legends and myths, this book described all three of them unconvincingly.

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Excellent work illuminating the human relationship with fire. Stephen Pyne's work provides us the opportunity to rethink our post modern relationship with fire. He is a hardworking craftsman and this ... Read full review

Contents

FIRE AND EARTH CREATING COMBUSTION
3
How Fire Came to Be
4
How Life Accommodated Fire
14
First Fire Today
20
Touch by Fire
24
FRONTIERS OF FIREPART 1 FIRE COLONIZING BY HOMINIDS
27
What Made Early Fires Effective
29
When Fire Arrives
34
A Fire Ecology for the City Combustible
106
Fire in the Industrial City
115
PYROTECHNICS FIRE AND TECHNOLOGY
119
Prometheus Unchained
121
How Fire Has Cooked the Earth
129
Controlledand NotSoControlled Fire as Mover and Shaker
133
Fire in the Mind
137
FRONTIERS OF FIRE PART 3 FIRE COLONIZING BY EUROPE
139

When Fire Departs
38
ABORIGINAL FIRE CONTROLLING THE SPARK
46
Why They Burned
47
Where and How They Burned
51
When the Firestick Leaves
57
AGRICULTURAL FIRE CULTIVATING FUEL
65
How to Cultivate Fire Field and Fire
67
What They Meant to Each Other
82
Rites of Fire
85
FRONTIERS OF FIRE PART 2 FIRE COLONIZING BY AGRICULTURE
87
How Conversion Leads to Colonization
88
Stories from the Fire Frontier
90
Comings and Goings of Agricultural Fire Today
97
URBAN FIRE BUILDING HABITATS FOR FIRE
102
How Europe Expanded Fires Realm
140
How Europe Contained Fires Realm
144
How Europe Redefined Fires Realm
151
INDUSTRIAL FIRE STOKING THE BIG BURN
155
How Industrial Combustion Has Added Fire
158
How Industrial Combustion Has Subtracted Fire
160
How Industrial Combustion Has Rearranged Fire Regimes
167
THE FUTURE OF FIRE BURNING BEYOND THE MILLENNIUM
172
What Is and Isnt Burning and Where
173
Still the Keeper of the Flame
182
Selected Sources and Further Reading
187
Index
195
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About the author (2001)

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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