Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (Paperback)

Chicago and the Great West

By William Cronon

W. W. Norton & Company, 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.

Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize