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Title Flammable cities : urban conflagration and the making of the modern world / edited by Greg Bankoff, Uwe Lübken, Jordan Sand.
Imprint Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.

Subject Fires.
Fires -- History.
Alt Name Bankoff, Greg.
Lübken, Uwe.
Sand, Jordan, 1960-
Description 1 online resource (vii, 409 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents pt. 1. Cities as fire regimes -- pt. 2. Fire as risk and as a catalyst of change -- pt. 3. The politics of fire.
Summary 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.
ISBN 9780299283834 (electronic bk.)
0299283836 (electronic bk.)
9780299283841 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613532206
OCLC # 787849147
Additional Format Print version: Flammable cities. Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, 2012 (DLC) 2011011572