Nature's Metropolis

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Nature's Metropolis

Chicago and the Great West

By William Cronon

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393308730, 592pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 1992

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.

About the Author
William Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book "Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West" won the Bancroft Prize in 1992.