Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 2, 2009 - History - 592 pages
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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 Globe

 

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This fascinating book explores the intricate interweaving of the City and the Country in American economic reality that simultaneously explains and belies a commonly-perceived distinction in the ... Read full review

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In Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, William Cronon argues, “No city played a more important role in shaping the landscape and economy of the midcontinent during the second half of the ... Read full review

Contents

Cloud over Chicago
5
Part I To be the Central City
21
Part II Nature to Market
95
Part III The Geography of Capital
261
Where We Were Driving
371
Methodological Note on the Bankruptcy Maps
387
Notes
391
Bibliography
471
Index
505
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William Cronon is Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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