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    Historical perspective on fire research in East and Southern African grasslands and savannas

    Pooley, Simon (2022) Historical perspective on fire research in East and Southern African grasslands and savannas. African Journal of Range & Forage Science 39 (1), pp. 1-15. ISSN 1022-0119.

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    This paper provides a history of attempts to understand and manage fire in the grasslands and savannas of eastern and southern Africa from c. 1900 to 2010. Given the brevity of the paper and the author’s expertise, there is a focus on science and management in South Africa, though wider networks of research and expertise across the region are discussed. There is a focus on a few key figures like Charles Swynnerton, John Phillips and Winston Trollope, with references provided for other important historical figures like John William Bews. The emphasis is on scientific research and expert-led thinking on fire and fire management in vegetation, with brief discussion of African approaches and the extent to which they have been ignored or have influenced scientific thinking. Fire in relation to invasive species is not covered.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Fire, fire management, East Africa, Southern Africa, fire research, environmental history, indigenous knowledge, scientific expertise
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Simon Pooley
    Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2022 13:25
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:14


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