Awful Splendour: A Fire History of Canada (Nature, History, Society Series)

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Fire is a defining element in Canadian land and life. With few exceptions, Canada's forests and prairies have evolved with fire; its peoples have exploited fire and sought to protect themselves from its excesses; and since Confederation, the country has devised institutions to connect fire and society. This book narrates the history of this saga.

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Stephen J. Pyneis one of the world’s foremost chroniclers of the cultural and environmental history of fire. He is the author of theCycle of Fire,a suite of six books examining the history of fire around the world.

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Another blockbuster from one of the world’s foremost environmental historians. Pyne is a master of rich detail married to grand narrative, and Canada provides a huge subject worthy of those talents. He portrays that great northern country in all of its ecological complexity and then shows how a complex political entity of nation and province interacted to forge policy. This books sets a new standard for all future writing about Canadian lands and peoples." (Donald Worster, Professor of History, University of Kansas and author of Nature's Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas and A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell.)

Awful Splendour is engrossingly written and displays Pyne’s characteristic clarity of thought, insightful analysis, and richness of prose. This is a monumental work in scope and detail. It will stand alone as an important companion within his “Cycle of Fire” series. He clearly captures the complexity and intricacies of fire in the Canadian context and is wonderfully descriptive of the fire and ecosystem dynamics of each region.” (Peter J. Murphy, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta.)

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