Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

by William Cronon
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Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.


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Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Winner of the Bancroft Prize. "No one has written a better book about a city…Nature's Metropolis is elegant testimony to the proposition that economic, urban, environmental, and business history can be as graceful, powerful, and fascinating as a novel." —Kenneth T. Jackson, Boston GlobeIn 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.Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize

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ISBN-13: 9780393308730
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/1992
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 120,072
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

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A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
The Rich Economic History of the Great West In "Nature's Metropolis", William Cronon explores the economic history of one of America's unique regions and the environmental perspective of the US as it existed in the 1800s. Through his research on Chicago, the fascinating relationship between frontier and urban history lies. Cronon elegantly describes the development of the meat-packing industry as well as the rise of department stores like Sears. This is not a book that is easily categorized, but I find it comparable to Andrew Lees "Cities Perceived", for they both offer insight on the history and development of what falls between the frontier and city: suburbia! I think it would be a great text to bring into the classroom, as it offers much more than you typical history book and provides an adequate introduction to America's former economy with an emphasis on the social forces involved.