The result is a landmark work that will be of interest to readers across the Social Sciences and Humanities as well as Geography and Environmental Studies.

‘Burning for the other’: Colonial Encounters on a Planet of Fire

‘Burning for the other’: Colonial encounters on a planet of fire

Introduction: Big Country in Flames

When the sunset was a deep and angry red, my parents would tell us it was because, over the sea, the big country was on fire. My brothers and I climbed the cliffs on the west coast, eager young eyes hoping for a glimpse of smoke and flame, but saw only the blue horizon. Sometimes, when there was a strong westerly, ash fell from the sky. We felt sorry for the people whose country had fierce, unstoppable fires. Sorry, but also excited and a little envious.

Australia has been ablaze once again – the 2009 fires in Victoria, one of the ...

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