Awful Splendour

Awful Splendour

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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 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.He was French, he knew the classics as well as Scripture, he had a passion for an apostolic ministry in Canada. ... it is a book about character: it is about how a people live (and one might add, a missionary). Their fire practices matter as a means toward that description. Thus, Brother Sagard explains how they kindle fire by rubbing sticks, how they pick campsites with an eye toward firewood, how theyanbsp;...

Title:Awful Splendour
Author: Stephen J. Pyne
Publisher:UBC Press - 2011-11-01

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