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 various institutions to connect fire and society. The choices Canadians have made says a great deal about their national character. Awful Splendour narrates the history of this grand saga. It will interest geographers, historians, and members of the fire community.
Stephen J. Pyne is one of the world's foremost chroniclers of the cultural and environmental history of fire. He is the author of the Cycle of Fire, a suite of six books examining the history of fire around the world.
Foreword: Mon pays c'est le feu / Graeme Wynn Author's Note: A Boreal Burning Bush Prologue: White Canada Book 1: Torch Kindling Fire Rings of Indigenous Canada Fire and Frost: Tundra Fire and Water: Boreal Forest Fire and Grass, Fire and Leaf: Great Plains Prairies and Great Lakes Forests Fire on the Hills, Fire on the Mountains: Acadian Woods and Cordilleran Forests Fire and Fog: The Incombustible Fringe Tongues of Fire: Black Spruce and High Plains Conflagration and Complex Book 2: Axe Creating Fuel Fire Frontiers of Imperial Canada New Found Land Acadia The Canadas Far Countries With Fire in Their Eyes: Gabriel Sagard and Henry Hind "Burning Most Furiously" Book 3: Engine Containing Combustion Reconnaissance by Fire: Robert Bell and Bernhard Fernow/ xxx Fire Provinces of Industrial Canada Dominion of Fire: Canada's Quest for Fire Conservancy Sea and Shield: Fire Provinces of Eastern Canada Fire's Lesser Dominion Tracer Index: James G. Wright and Herbert B. Beall Plain and Mountain: Fire Provinces of Western Canada Prosperity and Peril Two Solitudes: C.E. Van Wagner and Donald Stedman Revanchism and Federalism Fire's Outer Limits: Fire Provinces on the Fringe Internal Combustions Epilogue: Green Canada Continental Drift and Global Warming Fire Geography of Green Canada Fire's Reconfederation Settlement Symmetries, Then and Now Counting Carbon Virtual Fire Slow Burns, Fast Flames Fire and Ice Notes Bibliographic Essay Index