Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

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W. W. Norton, May 17, 1992 - 592 pages
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"Magnificent…the best work of economic and business history I've ever read." —Paul Krugman

In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century America. By exploring the ecological and economic changes that made Chicago America's most dynamic city and the Great West its hinterland, Mr. Cronon opens a new window onto our national past. This is the story of city and country becoming ever more tightly bound in a system so powerful that it reshaped the American landscape and transformed American culture. The world that emerged is our own.

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User Review  - Scapegoats - LibraryThing

The title of this book is somewhat misleading. Cronon does not focus on the politics of Chicago or the industrialization. Rather, he shows how the development of the city was linked to the surrounding ... Read full review

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A great read. This book is about far more than Chicago. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

William Cronon is Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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