Fire and Civilization

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Allen Lane, 1992 - Social Science - 247 pages
Fire is a destructive force. It is also a great purveyor of the advancement of human life. In an exploration of this dichotomy, Goudsblom investigates man and his realtionship to--and fascination with--combustion from every possible perspective--historical, archaeological, anthropological, psychological, biological, ecological, and sociological--illuminating the legacy of fire on world history.

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An offbeat, interesting view of the rise of civilization in relation to the control of fire. From hearths and hellfire to firearms, fission, and fusion, Dutch sociologist Goudsblom (University of ... Read full review


Fire Civilization The domestication of fire as a civilizing process Plan
The stage of predominantly passive use of fire The transition to active use of fire
The widening gap between humans and other animals Clearing land Cooking

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