Isle of Fire: The Political Ecology of Landscape Burning in Madagascar (University of Chicago Geography Research Paper)
Christian A. KullISBN: 0226461408; 9780226461403;
Long considered both best friend and worst enemy to humankind, fire is at once creative and destructive. On the endangered tropical island of Madagascar, these two faces of fire have fueled a century-long conflict between rural farmers and island leaders. Based on detailed fieldwork in Malagasy villages and a thorough archival investigation, Isle of Fire offers a detailed analysis of why Madagascar has always been aflame, why it always will be aflame, and ultimately, as Christian Kull argues,why it should remain aflame.