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Flammable cities: urbanconflagration and the making of the modern world

Bankoff, Greg; Lübken, Uwe; Sand, Jordan

Authors

Uwe Lübken

Jordan Sand



Contributors

Uwe Lübken
Editor

Jordan Sand
Editor

Abstract

In most cities today, fire has been reduced to a sporadic and isolated threat. But throughout history the constant risk of fire has left a deep and lasting imprint on almost every dimension of urban society. This volume, the first truly global study of urban conflagration, shows how fire has shaped cities throughout the modern world, from Europe to the imperial colonies, major trade entrepôts, and non-European capitals, right up to such present-day megacities as Lagos and Jakarta. Urban fire may hinder commerce or even spur it; it may break down or reinforce barriers of race, class, and ethnicity; it may serve as a pretext for state violence or provide an opportunity for displays of state benevolence. As this volume demonstrates, the many and varied attempts to master, marginalize, or manipulate fire can turn a natural and human hazard into a highly useful social and political tool.

Book Type Edited Book
Publication Date 2012-01
Publisher University of Wisconsin Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title Flammable cities: urbanconflagration and the making of the modern world
ISBN 978-0-29928-384-1
APA6 Citation G. Bankoff, U. Lübken, & J. Sand (Eds.), (2011). Flammable cities: urbanconflagration and the making of the modern world
Keywords REF 2014 submission
Publisher URL https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/4865.htm